David White Papers

Documents from [1972] to [2008]

Identity Statement

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Extent and Medium

50 dossiers

Fonds Inventory
Reference Archivists

Carr, Mary


Custodial History

David White deposited at the HAEU the originals of his archives for the years 1974 to 2008 deriving from his years of service with the European Commission, under the terms of a deposit contract signed on 10 February 2012 between the depositor and the HAEU, represented by their Director Dieter Schlenker.

Content and Structure


The DW fonds includes material concerning David White's career 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.

Conditions of Access and Use

Access Conditions

The fonds is open for consultation.

Reproduction Conditions

Academic utilisation and partial reproduction (in the form of photocopies or digitalized photographs only) of the documents is authorized in accordance with the provisions in force at the HAEU.



Allied Materials


Notes and Remarks

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

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