Interview with Walker, David

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

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Recorded in 19 July 2016 Brussels
Interview by Simone Paoli in English

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The interview started with a question on the interviewee’s educational background and experience as a UK civil servant. It went on with questions on the circumstances and reasons leading to the interviewee’s application for the European Commission. Regarding this, special emphasis was placed on the interviewee’s pro-European motivation. After that, the interviewee spoke about his career, especially his experience as a civil servant in the DG Information, Communication, Culture and Audiovisual policy (then DGX), as Head of the Commission’s training unit and as Director of the European School of Administration (EuSA). In this context, his comments on the evolution and major achievements of DGX, the rise in the importance of training immediately before and after the resignation of the Santer Commission and the creation and development of the School are particularly valuable; comments on Delors’ and Santer’s Commissions are also worthy of note.

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