David White Papers

Documents from [1972] to [2008]
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Mary, Carr


Files from the various posts which David White held in the European Commission. Aside from his time at the Secretariat General and in the Delors Cabinet, White did a remarkable amount of work as Head of the Public Procurement Policy United. During his time as head, a major legislative programme was prepared and implemented, with a view to achieving a single market in public procurement in the European Community. Directives had been adopted covering the procurement of supplies, works and services by the public authorites and by the utilities operating in the telecommunications, energy, transport and water sectors, along with provisions to ensure that bidder's rights would be respected. Furthermore, the Community rules were extended to cover the EFTA countries under the EEA Agreement. In parallel with the Uruguay Round, negotiations were undertaken with a view to opening up procurement between Europe, North America and Japan in the context of the GATT Government Procurement Agreement.
The Unit did not neglect to lay the basis of policy development for the future, for programmes of standardisation, statistical development, aid to the SME's and expoitation of information technology.
White reiterates that the work was a team effort in the widest sense of the word. The statistics of the Unit's consultations and discussions are evident to see in the papers of White.

Administrative and Biographical History

Material concerning David White's career in the European Commission

Notes and Remarks

Many thanks to David White who provided invaluable notes which provided the backdrop for his archival papers.

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