Ignazio Iacono’s stature and presence are imposing. He leaves no one indifferent. Those who do not know him well will find that he talks a lot, that he impresses with his “shouting”, his mood swings, or even with the language he used, sometimes louder than others… Those who, like me, know him very well will say that he is a talented, relentless and meticulous worker, with an excellent command of personnel policy and its multiple files.
It is through his hard work and concentration that he has carried out not one but two terms of office as President of the Central Staff Committee. In addition to solid skills, this position requires remarkable qualities: it is one thing to bring together the demands of all the trade union organisations. Managing their egos, moods and unexpected about-turns is something else. Finding a compromise so that no demand is forgotten, without offending one or the other small group, requires a great deal of patience, perseverance and perspicacity. Thus, for more than seven years, Ignazio loyally and with dignity represented all the Staff of the European Commission on the Central Staff Committee, for which he gained respect.
When as he was appointed (in 2014), success was far from certain but he did not let himself be ground down. He quickly managed to establish the necessary balances to ensure the proper functioning of the CCP. Some files that had been frozen for many years were closed thanks to his perseverance. Without abnegation, the negotiations on the important files mentioned above would never have been able to come to a successful conclusion. During his presidency, Ignazio succeeded in maintaining and even strengthening trade union cohesion, which is indispensable in the face of the machinery of the Administration, by associating valuable colleagues from other trade union organisations such as Pierre-Philippe Bacri and Lorella Cattaruzza. All of which did a lot, in particular, for the reputation of Union Syndicale. Pierre-Philippe Bacri, who for many years was Vice-President of the CCP, said: “with Ignazio, we have found a great deal of complementarity and complicity during our long