by Jean-Paul Jacqué
It is time for me to say goodbye to everyone and good luck to Jaap de Zwaan, who will replace me at the position of TEPSA Secretary General from January 2014 onwards. I am convinced he will take up this duty with his usual talent, also thanks to the support which has always been valuable to me, from Mirte van den Berge and Laura Ventura, under the wise leadership of Wolfgang Wessels. These years will remain in my memory as bound with TEPSA’s activities, accentuated by bi-annual Pre-Presidency Conferences, experiencing a true development in collaboration with all Members of our association. Involving researchers from all member states and candidate countries in joint scientific activities on European issues is an exciting challenge as it aims at reconciling different visions of EU priorities in a common perspective. Although as for many others, the financial crisis and the Eurozone have been at the heart of our concerns, institutional issues and external relations remained at the heart of our attention.
With the new Europe for Citizens programme, the European elections and appointments that will follow as well as the discussions on the future of Europe, TEPSA’s activities will still contribute to deepen the common reflection. I will closely monitor these developments, but let me thank you all for your contribution to our common work and present you the best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.