Staff CommitteeThe Staff Regulations for EU officials provide that all institutions should be assisted by a staff committee composed of representatives of the democratically-elected staff organisations. In the case of the EESC, those elections last occurred in October 2012. Since then the EESC’s new Staff Committee has established itself and come up to ‘cruising speed’ and so it was with great pleasure that I accepted an invitation to come before the Staff Committee this afternoon for an exchange of views on various topics, including work loads, promotion procedures, reform and impending challenges related, perhaps most importantly, to the envisaged reforms to the staff regulations and the implications of a sustained period of austerity. The staff committee is an integral part of the administrative life of the Committee and it is always a pleasure to go before it.