We have started the month of June, the penultimate of our traineeship. We have spent the last three months in each other’s company.
The past three months, or this past quarter, to put it in ECB terms, have been the most active and challenging of my life. First of all, I have been placed in a unit which has put a lot of trust in me and handed me a good number of tasks to complete during this traineeship. I am quite happy about that since it shows I am doing a good work. I am aware that some of you are busy at work while others are being kept lighter. Do know that this does not in any way reflect your skills, qualities or colleagues’ trust. This is a recurrent matter in every traineeship. Unluckily, some people in the Commission feel too proud and special to share their tasks with a humble and unpretentious trainee. It all boils down to character and it’s always difficult to adapt to different personalities to be found in an office.
On the other hand, I was also busy fulfilling my duties as President of the Stage Committee. What does this entail, what does a President do apart from leading the groups during visits to the institutions?
The traineeship involves a lot of paper work and bureaucracy and someone has to do it! What better way to make someone feel so special about his presidency than give him an infinite amount of papers to fill in, reports to compile and every now and then during the day call him at the office to give instructions and orders?
It entails work and dedication and also the ability to balance and prioritise work, since I have to combine this with my office tasks. But I do not mind. As long as I am working, coping and giving my contribution to the traineeship, I am pleased. I am happy I have a good team around me. The members of the Stage Committee contribute validly to this traineeship. I take this opportunity to thank them publicly.
So rest assured the Presidency has nothing to do with Beluga caviar and Dom Perignon… unfortunately, I must add!
Time really flies and we are already in June. There were so many things we all wanted to organise. I know the Subcommittees had many plans and events in the pipeline, which did not materialise because there were weekends when other events took precedence or because many were away. For one reason or another. However rest assured that all Subcommittees have done their utmost to organise fun and informative events. I am pleased with the work of the Subcommittees and really appreciate the effort and the time the members have put in order to organise events. I am aware it takes time and energy to hold even a very simple rendezvous. So, my heartfelt thanks go to each and every member of all Subcommittees for their interest, work and dedication.
I hope these last few weeks together will be even better then the previous months. Watch out for any events in store for you.
For any questions, doubts or help, always feel free to contact me.