EUobserver.com: What can national officials do for their compatriots, once they've got to Brussels? 'There is a popular assumption that officials can lend a hand to their nationals, and so the countries best represented in the EU institutions will do best in pursuing their interests in Brussels.'
'But that is not so; rather, it is up to companies and representatives to develop good contacts with officials of different nationalities. And several new member states still need to learn this,' Mr Bachraty (a Slovak lobbyist) told the EUobserver.
The founder states would do well to learn this important lesson too.