Today, Monday, saw meetings in the Committee that more traditionally take place on a Tuesday, since our plenary week had to be advanced by one day this time. Early this morning the Committee’s enlarged Presidency (the President, Vice-Presidents and Group Presidents, together with the Secretary General and his Deputy) met to prepare the agendas of the Bureau and the Committee’s plenary session. The enlarged Presidency also debated the Committee’s response to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso’s State of the Union speech. The President has already released a very supportive declaration and the Committee will now look to see how it can provide further support in the policy areas and initiatives set out in the speech. This afternoon the Bureau itself met. All went well, and we are now looking forward to an interesting plenary session tomorrow.