Speeches and Statements
Let me assure you, dear President Cordeiro, that on the side of the EESC we look at the Committee of the Regions as our sister institution. I command your unwavering dedication in the battle to bring the EU closer to the citizens who recognise themselves in their local or regional politicians. On our side, we share this commitment and will extend it to those who commit their time and efforts to the full range of civil society organisations. For that reason, we hope that we can join forces and make our cooperation stronger and meaningful.
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!