Tony Bass

Senior Visiting Fellow


  • Europe and the EU


  • Europe

Expertise: EU decision-making and negotiations; EU presidency preparation; Public affairs & lobbying, Management skills and leadership development; Inter-cultural communications and negotiations.

Tony Bass is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Clingendael Institute where he has been working on the European Studies Programme since late 2010. In this capacity he helps develop new EU training programmes and gives training sessions on lobbying, communicating and negotiating in the EU. He is the CEO of Bass and Associates, where he focuses on providing quality training interventions, consultancy and advice to public service clients and NGOs.

A career civil servant in Ireland for over 30 years, he has been a press officer and communications adviser in a number of Ministries, including Press Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Irish EU Presidency in 1996. He has extensive practical experience in EU fora including Comitology committees, Council Working Parties and Council of Ministers meetings. He was Head of Training for the Irish Presidency of the EU in 2004. Later that year he joined the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Maastricht as a seconded national expert till October 2010.

Tony graduated with a BA in Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management from the National College of Ireland (Dublin) in 1988 and was awarded his in Master’s in Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick Business School (UK) in 1990.


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