Interview with Kinnock, Neil

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

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Recorded in 25 October 2016 London
Interview by Piers Ludlow in English

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Lord Kinnock, who was a member of both the Santer and Prodi Commissions, looks back at his time at the European Commission. He recalls the manner of his appointment, the degree to which he was familiar with the European institutions before arriving, his prior contacts with Jacques Delors, and the reasons why he chose transport as his first portfolio. Then discussion moves onto the Santer Commission, Jacques Santer’s weaknesses as a leader, and the end of that Commission. The final section then looks at the interregnum between the Santer and Prodi Commissions, Kinnock’s new portfolio namely Commission reform, the quality of the Prodi Commission in terms of personnel, Kinnock’s cabinet, and the location of Kinnock’s papers.

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