20: 35. I never leave the office before 8 or 9 pm and on weekends I spend time with my children in Charleroi. This means I have two lives : my life as a father of four and my life in Brussels which is pretty much working non stop. But hey – this was my choice. As head of cabinet I do have a certain authority but I chose not to use it – I consider that we are part of a team and that each individual has an important part to play. I want my colleagues to be happy. I think this style of management works well. Or maybe it doesn’t. I guess you’ll have to ask my my collaborators or else: my children.
(Julien is head of cabinet of the president at the European Committee of the Regions, an EU advisory body composed of locally and regionally elected representatives from all 28 Member States, who are then able to share their opinion on EU legislation impacting these regions and cities.)