Bert Bakker


Bert Bakker represented the D66 party in the Lower House of Parliament for more than 12 years, acting as a spokesman in many areas including government finances, the economy, defence, media affairs and public health. He drew national attention and acclaim in particular for his work as chairperson of the commission of inquiry looking into the deployment of the Dutch military on peace missions. He also chaired the Srebrenica commission of inquiry.

Bert Bakker joined Meines Holla & Partners in 2008 and works for clients in both the profit and non-profit sectors. He additionally provides coaching and other support in relation to hearings, round table discussions and (parliamentary and Select Committee) inquiries.

Some examples of his work:

Bert lobbies on behalf of a leading provider of legal services, with the aim of preventing legislation that would impair the day-to-day running of businesses. Intensive negotiations with the industry body form part of this lobbying activity.
On behalf of a major player in the gaming sector, Bert is lobbying for the modernisation of gaming policy and a level playing field for licence holders. As part of this work he initiates and maintains contact with ministries and Members of Parliament and also lays down major strategic guidelines.

Drawing on his experience as chairman of the ‘parliamentary inquiry into decision-making in peace missions’ and the ‘Srebrenica parliamentary commission of inquiry’ as well as his experience as a former member of the Lower House of Parliament, Bert coaches and trains clients to prepare them for participating in hearings, (parliamentary and Select Committee) inquiries and round table discussions.