Interview with Mitsos, Achilleas

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

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Recorded in 11 May 2017 Athens
Interview by Lorenzo Mechi in English

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During this interview, Mr Mitsos discussed the following topics:
- his educational background;
- his work as Head of department for European Community issues in the Bank of Greece;
- Greece’s accession negotiations;
- becoming Head of cabinet of Minister Grigóris Várfis;
- the Greek memorandum;
- the integrated Mediterranean programme;
- his appointment as Head of cabinet of Commissioner Várfis;
- prominent personalities in the first Delors Commission;
- Delors’ working method;
- the accession of Spain and Portugal;
- the Structural Funds;
- his departure from the cabinet and his appointment to the services;
- his work as Director for the Structural Funds;
- his appointment as Director of vocational training;
- the Socrates and Leonardo programmes;
- the White Paper of 1993;
- the Erasmus programme and European identity;
- moving to DG Research and dealing with human mobility and social science research;
- the Lisbon Strategy;
- his appointment as Director-General for Research;
- the triangle of knowledge;
- creating the European Research Council and the ITER;
- his activities after his retirement.

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