Interview with van der Pas, Nikolaus

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

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Recorded in 28 January 2016 Brussels
Interview by Aline Sierp in English

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Open Transcript, Open Audio

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Topics discussed with Nikolaus van der Pas during the interview included:
- Career path and organisation of his tasks
- Sense of belonging/nationality/language and the role it played in his career
- Description of tensions between the different hierarchical levels within the Commission (example: social affairs and employment)
- Institutional setup of the Commission and changes in the Community method
- Vision for the future of the EU: federation
- Education and culture as economic realities
- Problems faced during the accession negotiations with Sweden, the EFTA countries and with the CEECs
- Reasons behind the enlargement towards the CEECs (economic aspects, ideological aspects)
- Evaluation of progress in the areas under his responsibility: enlargement, education&culture, social affairs&employment
- External events and Commissioners that left a mark on the Commission: Yugoslav Wars, Delors, Davignon, Reading, Monti.

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