Interview with Brusasco-Mackenzie, Margaret

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

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Recorded in 22 March 2017 Tervuren
Interview by Jan-Henrik Meyer in English

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During this interview, Ms Brusasco-Mackenzie discussed the following topics:
- her family and educational background;
- her academic career;
- entering the European Commission;
- environmental legislation: first Environmental Action Programme of 1973, UN Stockholm conference, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, the gentlemen’s agreement on notification on new national environmental legislation, the Birds directive, the Ramsar convention;
- EU’s enlargements and the Phare programme environmental component;
- connections to national party politics;
- the question of gender and the treatment of women;
- her passage from environment to external relations and education;
- going back to environment as Head of Unit for international affairs;
- the Brundtland Report, the Montreal Protocol, the Rio negotiations, the Aarhus convention;
- political support for the least developed countries;
- the US position on environment and climate change;
- the EU-China Environmental Council;
- commissioners for the Environment;
- Sustainable Development Plan for the Commission;
- Environment and security;
- her private participation in NGO and Church of Scotland eco-congregation programme.

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