Interview with Leydon, Kevin

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

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Interview Informations

Recorded in 06 July 2016 Brussels
Interview by Francesco Petrini in English

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Open Transcript, Open Audio

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During the interview, the following topics were discussed:
- Ireland 1960’s political context;
- educational background;
- first job as chief economist in the Irish National Transport Company;
- career path in the Commission;
- European commitment;
- his functions in DG Energy;
- different periods in the development of a European energy policy;
- the shared analysis approach;
- the 1973 and 1979 oil shocks;
- nuclear energy;
- the impact of his work on the decision-making process;
- energy and the internal market;
- the counter-shock: fall of the oil price since 1986;
- sources of information in energy;
- relations with the International Energy Agency;
- key personalities in DG Energy;
- geopolitical changes in Europe.

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