Later this morning I sort of went back to school. As regular readers of this blog will know, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions pool considerable quantities of their resources in an exemplary arrangement that enables them to achieve synergies and economies of scale. The Translation Management Unit, in the Committees’ Joint Services, is a good example of how, in practical terms, those synergies and economies are achieved. Today, the Unit held an open day and generously and thoughtfully invited colleagues to come and learn how they do what they do. So we heard from the Unit’s Head, Eric Lavigne, and three of its stalwarts, Conrad Toft, Didier Bourguignon and Hannah Riley about how they manage workflows generated by demands coming from two busy institutions and how, in addition, they think ahead to how they might make their gleaming machine even more efficient. Most impressive.