The interview with Jean Mischo conducted by the CVCE in Sanem has recently been published and can be consulted here.
Jean Mischo was a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission from 1964 to 1969 and Chief Administrator in the Cabinet of European Commissioners Victor Bodson and Albert Borschette from 1969 to 1970.
After joining the Luxembourg Foreign Ministry in 1970, he served as a member of the Luxembourg Permanent Representation to the European Communities from 1971 to 1976, then as Deputy Permanent Representative from 1979 to 1983. Remaining at the Foreign Ministry, Jean Mischo went on to hold the posts of Director of the Political and Cultural Affairs Directorate from 1983 to 1986 and from 1991 to 1992, and General Secretary from 1993 to 1997.
He also served as Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Communities from 1986 to 1991 and from 1997 to 2003.
The subjects covered in the interview include the following:
- The empty chair crisis and the Luxembourg Compromise
- North–South dialogue and the first Lomé Convention
- The development of EPC, the Palestinian conflict and the 1980 Venice Declaration
- The workings of European Political Cooperation (EPC) and the development of foreign, security and defence policy
- The Community budgetary procedure in the early 1980s
- The Single European Act and European foreign policy
- The mission of the EU Troika to South Africa
- The European Communities divided over the Yugoslav conflict
- The changing structures in the Luxembourg Foreign Ministry
- The role of Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Communities
- The Francovich judgment and its impact on Community law