Interview with Westlake, MartinFrom the The European Commission 1986-2000. Memories of an institution Collection
Recorded in 29 May 2017 Brussels
Interview by Birte Wassenberg in English
During the interview, Mr Westlake discussed the following issues:
- his passage from Secretariat-General to DGX: Communication, Culture, Audiovisual Policy, and Sports;
- the dismantlement of DGX;
- his colleagues and charismatic figures in DGX;
- the creation of PRINCE: Priority Information Actions for the European Citizen;
- rivalries between DGX on one hand and the Spokesperson’s Service and DGXIII on the other hand;
- DGX’s charismatic Directors;
- the Interinstitutional Information Group;
- DGX’s relations with the other institutions;
- the birth of consciousness about the need to communicate professionally;
- development of information and communication units within each DG;
- physical and psychological consequences of DGX’s dismantlement;
- DGX’s merging with DG XXII;
- Prodi and Kinnock reforms.
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