Abbott, Roderick04/1939 (London (UK))
London, avril 1939 -kkk- Formation: -kkk- BA Oxford University
1973-75 Head of Unit in DG I-A-1 – GATT and International Trade questions. Participant in the Tokyo Ministerial meeting that launched the Tokyo Round in 1973. Participant in the 113 Committee.
1975-79 on detachment to the Delegation in Geneva as deputy Head of delegation during the Tokyo Round, with responsibility for non-tariff barrier agreements, quantitative restrictions and for negotiating new rules on safeguard measures.
1979-82 Head of Unit I-A-1 until promoted to Director I-A in 1982.
Director in DG I 1982-1996. Lead Commission negotiator for the GATT (tariff) aspects of EC enlargements in 1981 (Greece) and 1985 (Spain and Portugal). Participant in the UNCTAD VI Conference, Belgrade, 1983, and attended the GATT Ministerial meetings in 1982 and 1984.
During the 1980’s he was regularly a participant in QUAD meetings of Trade Ministers, preparing for the launch of the Uruguay Round, and Commission representative on the OECD Trade Committee, later also in the ECSS.
Head of Delegation and Ambassador in Geneva 1996-2000; Deputy Director General DG Trade 2000-2002.