The European Economic and Social Committee’s pre-plenary session Bureau meeting had a richer than usual agenda this afternoon. European Commission Vice-President Olli Rehn came before the Bureau to discuss the economic situation and responses to the crisis. The Bureau meetings, which are essentially internal preparatory meetings, are not open to the public and so I cannot go into great detail about the discussion. But I am revealing no state secrets in reporting that the exchange of views revealed broad agreement on the need for further economic integration and governance. The crisis, it was agreed, was contained, but not yet entirely tamed.