Interview with O'Sullivan, David

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

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Interview Informations

Recorded in 08 September 2016 Brussels
Interview by Birte Wassenberg in English

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Open Transcript, Open Audio

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During the interview, the following topics were discussed:
- educational background;
- entering the Commission and the delegation in Tokyo;
- European conviction;
- career evolutions;
- the Commission’s organisation, working methods and reforms;
- his tasks in the Sutherland Cabinet;
- relations between the Commission and the European Parliament;
- achievements and personality of President Delors;
- his job as Head of Unit in the Task Force for Human Resources, Education, Training and Youth;
- German reunification;
- the Tempus programme and the enlargement;
- collaboration with the Council of Europe, the World Bank and the OECD;
- his work in DG for External Relations: trade vs. Foreign policy;
- the Maastricht Treaty and the three pillars;
- the creation of the post of High Representative and of the European External Action Service;
- his job as EU ambassador;
- External policy’s assessment and further developments;
- the Brexit’s influence on the EU foreign policy;
- Émile Noël and David Williamson;
- his job as a Secretary-General;
- the fall of the Santer Commission and the end of collective responsibility;
- his job as Head of Cabinet of President Prodi;
- the efficiency of the reformed Commission;
- collaboration with the Committee of Regions;
- main events in external and internal history of the Commission;
- key personalities.

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