Interview with Johnson, Stanley

From the The European Commission 1986-2000. Memories of an institution Collection

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Recorded in 09 June 2017 London
Interview by Jan-Henrik Meyer in English

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During the interview Mr Johnson discussed the following topics:
- Family background;
- World War II;
- education, languages, early career;
- interest in population control and environment, environmental work for Conservative Party;
- arrival at Commission (covered in earlier interview);
- Member of the European Parliament (1979-1984);
- special adviser 1984
- 1990: drafting the Environmental Action Programme, borrowing from other IOs, implementation deficits, consultation, Habitats directive, CFCs/Montréal protocol;
- Carlo Ripa di Meana;
- Carbon Tax proposal;
- European Environmental Agency (EEA);
- Habitats Directive (again);
- relations with European Parliament;
- leg hold traps;
- prizes by RSPCA and Greenpeace;
- seal cull;
- director of energy (1990): conservation of tropical forests, cooperation with IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development), WWF prize;
- European Environmental Bureau (EEB);
- zoos directive;
- collaboration with other services;
- publishing books on EC environmental policy;
- British Conservatives;
- difference of environmental unit 1970s to DG in 1980s;
- career progression, and notable colleagues.

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