Interview with Trojan, Carlo

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

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Recorded in 02 June 2017 The Hague
Interview by Jan van der Harst and Anjo G. Harryvan in English

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This interview focuses on the years 1987-2000 when Mr Carlo Trojan was Deputy Secretary-General (till 1997) and Secretary-General of the European Commission. The topics addressed in the interview include Trojan’s appointment at the Commission in 1987, his main activities during his term as deputy Secretary-General, his working relationship with President Delors and his Cabinet and with Secretary-General Williamson, his position in and impact on the European Council and Coreper meetings, his role in the German unification process, his views on the transition from Delors to Santer, his appointment as Secretary-General in 1997, his perspective on the downfall of the Santer Commission, and his departure from Brussels in 2000.

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