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What we do


After 25 years in elected politics, including three terms as a Euro-MP, when he served as Vice-President of the Trade Committee, Michael Hindley set up "Michael Hindley and Associates" in 1999.

Michael Hindley is a frequent commentator on European and International Politics.



Evaluation missions for the European Commission to assess the performance of the EU’s capacity building programmes in the field of Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA).

A background article on the Doha Development Round and the need for TRTA can be seen at:



Such evaluations are short term and contribute significantly to enhancing the EC Commission’s practical empowerment of third countries to compete in the world’s trading economy;
Such missions have included:

Vietnam, to assess a programme to enhance capacity in relevant Ministries to deal with WTO participation

Bangladesh, to assess a programme to equip Ministries to fulfil Bangladesh’s role as the lead LDC country for the post Doha situation

Gambia, to assess the capacity building needs of Gambia to allow it to play a role in the EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Europe

China, to assess the performance of EU/China collaboration in the field of trade cooperation

Pakistan to review an innovative programme to enhance Pakistan’s trade capacity run by ITC, WIPO and EC Commission
( for executive summary see articles)

Mauritius to review capacity building programme in the context of EU/East Africa relations.


Michael Hindley at the Higher School for Economics (HSE), Perm, Russia.


Delivery of customised seminars and lectures explaining Europe's external relations and how those decisions are made. Audiences have included Chambers of Commerce (Arab-British. Gulf States. Saudi Chambers)  Russia-EU Concordia. International Committee of the UK Food and Drinks Federation.

Universities: London School of Economis (LSE) Columbia, New York (USA) University of California (Berkeley) USA. Kaio University (Tokyo). University of Malta * Georgetown University (Washington DC). University of Coventry (UK). University of Yeungnam, Daegu  (South Korea)*  Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva * Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Moscow State University, Higher School for Economics * Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Chisinau * Babes Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania. Higher School for Economics, Perm, Russia* Economics University of Varna, Bulgaria. Liverpool University. Bath University​, Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv, Ukraine  ​Goettingen University, Germany (November 2017)

 *see also articles for resumes or transcripts of lectures. Bold type indicates latest lecture.


 Reports on trade and development

For UK Department for International Development on "Economic prospects for the special economic zone of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia"

For UK Department for International Development "Capacity building needs for transitional countries at the WTO"

For ACP Secretariat, Geneva on " Negotiation strategies for ACP states at the WTO"

Team member on a report for the Government of Mauritius entitled "Study of Trade Related Issues in the Context of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations"

Since 2008 Michael Hindley has been acting as an expert adviser to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and has assisted on reports on:

EC Commission´s "Global Europe" programme

Europe/China relations

Food Security and Trade

Europe/Central Asia relations. This report received much critical acclaim and can be accessed through articles

EC Commission´s framework for Investment

EC Energy Policy

The EC's Generalised System of Preferences

Trade in Strategic Raw Material

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

​EU Trade and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)







Fact-finding missions and lobbying service

To Brussels for: British-Syrian Society. Education Action (Development NGO). Gulf States Chambers of Commerce. Saudi Chambers of Commerce

To Geneva for: International Committee of the UK Food and Drink Federation. Arab/British Chambers

For the European Parliament: To investigate transport infrastructure in Baltimore, USA:


Democratisation and governance

Michael Hindley has been an election observer for the EU Commission in Palestine (see also articles) and  in Togo (2010).

Picture below Observer planning meeting in Sokode, Togo, March 2010. A report on the elections is now under ARTICLES.


And for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine (May and October 2014).

 (Latest mission).


Michael Hindley has written extensively on European affairs for "The Business Times of Singapore" and for "Frontline" newsmagazine, Chennai, India.





Articles and reports will appear regularly in the "articles" section of this site.

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