Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič visits Luxembourg staff and meets other institutions
On 1-2 March, Vice-President for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, Maroš Šefčovič, visited Luxembourg to get a first hand impression of both the Commission services and the other EU institutions situated in the Grand Duchy.
The Vice-President was especially keen to meet the 600 staff working in Luxembourg under his direct responsibility in DG HR, the PMO, OIL and DG DIGIT, as well as the staff representatives from the CLP.
"I wanted to get to Luxembourg as soon as possible to see our set-up first hand and discuss with the staff the challenges we face over the next five years," commented Vice-President Šefčovič. "
It was also good to make contact with the local staff committee, as we will need to work closely together over the next five years.
"And as Commissioner responsible for relations with the other institutions, I received a very warm welcome from the Court of Justice, Court of Auditors and the European Investment Bank. It was a very intensive but very enjoyable two days – and we even had nice weather!"
In his presentation to staff, the Vice-President outlined the political challenge of overcoming the economic crisis and explained the new College's policy priorities for the months ahead.
He stressed the importance of making the most effective use of the Commission's major resource – its people - and pledged to do all he can to defend their interests.
He also took the chance to visit the other European institutions in Luxembourg and discuss the latest building projects with Claude Wiseler, Luxembourg's Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure.
Discussions with Minister Wiseler centred around the flagship project to construct a new Commission building to replace the Jean Monnet Building on the Kirchberg and the urgent need to complete the new European School at the new Bertrange/Mamer site. This is now planned for 2012.
Next week, Vice-President Šefčovič begins a series of meetings with Brussels-based staff.