As the European Economic and Social Committee marks the 65th anniversary of its first plenary meeting, it is a moment to reflect on where the Committee came from and where it is headed.
Today you have elected me as your next president.
Let me tell you that I am deeply honoured by the trust you have placed in me.
When I started as a Member of our Committee back in 2009, I could not have imagined that I would one day be elected president.
Thank you for your confidence!