Dear readers,

It has been a great pleasure and honour to represent the EESC during this two-and-a-half-year mandate. Despite the challenges, we have worked together to shape a Europe that is economically prosperous, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. In doing so, we have faced tests such as COVID-19 and Russia's unprovoked and unjustified aggression on Ukraine, with all its socioeconomic consequences. We have also sought to tackle the energy crisis and high inflation, as well as to promote growth and competitiveness.

I will not be reviewing the successes achieved through our collective action over these past 30 months here. There will be time to outline these achievements during the renewal plenary session in April, which I cordially invite you to. I also encourage you to consult this brochure, which lists most of them.

Throughout my presidency, I received a lot of support and recognition for the initiatives taken and delivered. The positive memories from this period will stay with me forever.

Now the time has come to draw a line and take stock of the lessons learned. First of all, we have learned from each other. We have learned that change is possible when there is a strong commitment, that even with our differences our Committee can stand out, and that united we can achieve much more than we can individually.  

I would like to express my gratitude for the commitment and support of the EESC members and staff throughout my presidency. Together we have engaged in genuine dialogues with a view to further strengthening the voice of organised civil society in EU policy-making. Our commitment must continue.

In this last EESC Info edition under my presidency, you will find out more about some of our latest opinions and events. I therefore warmly invite you to continue reading.

I would also like to use this occasion to wish my successor an exciting journey with a lot of success.

Thank you. United for the future of Europe!

Christa Schweng

EESC President