Mr Michiel Van Hulten

Mr Michiel Van Hulten

Senior Visiting Fellow

European Institute

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Michiel van Hulten is an independent consultant specialising in projects in the field of EU democracy, transparency and accountability. He holds a BSc(Econ) in Government (1990) and a MSc in Public Adminstration and Public Policy (1991) from the LSE, and a Master of Arts in European Political and Administrative Studies (1993) from the College of Europe in Bruges. During his time at LSE Michiel was also General Secretary of the Students’ Union (1991-2). 

Michiel began his career in 2003 as a policy officer with the Dutch Trades Union Confederation FNV. In 2005 he was appointed private secretary (special advisor) to the Dutch Minister of Education and Science. In 2006 he joined the Secretariat General of the EU Council of Ministers as an administrator, where he worked first on internal market issues, specialising in intellectual property, and then on EU enlargement. In 2009 he was elected to the European Parliament on behalf of the Dutch Labour Party. As an MEP he focused on budgetary control and administrative reform of the European Commission. He was also a co-founder of the cross-party Campaign for Parliament Reform. 

After leaving the European Parliament in 2004 Michiel joined the Board of Policy Network, the international progressive think-tank, where he was appointed Executive Vice-Chair. In 2005 he was elected Chair of the Dutch Labour Party. In 2007 he joined the Brussels office of global strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller as managing director for government relations. In 2010 he became an independent consultant, working for the Single Seat Campaign in the European Parliament as an external advisor, for the European Policy Centre as course leader of its FutureLab Europe programme, and for VoteWatch Europe as managing director. 

From 2007-2012 Michiel was a founding Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and from 2011-2013 he was a guest lecturer on the European Parliament at the Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales in Brussels. 

Research Interests

Democracy, transparency and accountability in EU decision-making.

Selected Publications

'Parliamentary ethics: a question of trust', with Marc Bentinck and ECPRD correspondents, Office for the Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy, European Parliament (Brussels, 2011). 

'Reforming the European Parliament' (with Nick Clegg), for the British Council and the Foreign Policy Centre (London, 2003).