Interview with Blonk, Wilhelm

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

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Recorded in 10 May 2017 Brussels
Interview by David Burigana in English

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During the interview, Mr Blonk discussed the following topics:
- Galileo;
- the creation of the maritime transport directorate;
- the role of commissioners Karel Van Miert and Neil Kinnock;
- intermodal transport;
- the Trans-European Networks;
- the issue of sustainable transport;
- relations with lobbies;
- the funding of Galileo;
- international negotiations with IMO;
- bilateral negotiations with China and South Korea;
- tensions with DG Industry and the creation of the Maritime Investment Forum;
- disagreements with DG Competition;
- South Africa, the ‘positive measures programme’ and the Kagiso Trust;
- the Southern African Development Coordination Conference;
- the IMF and the World Bank;
- the independence of Namibia;
- cooperation with the European Parliament;
- his involvement as chairman of Close the gap, after his career at the Commission.

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