Interview with Oliveira e Sousa, Jorge de

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

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Recorded in 14 February 2017 Brussels
Interview by Piers Ludlow in English

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In this interview, Mr de Oliveira e Sousa discussed the following topics:
- his educational background;
- when he joined the Commission, the Iberian recruitment;
- Coreper I & II meetings;
- the evolution of the Secretariat-General;
- the financial control: the pre-adhesion funds, relations with the US controller;
- CFSP: the reorganisation of DG I, European political cooperation, Yugoslavia, the Political Committee meetings, the creation of the SCR;
- the effects of the fall of the Commission on the services (control over expenditure);
- Palestine;
- his appointment as Director
- General for Press and Communication: new financial regulations;
- languages used and the shift into English.

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