Frits Bolkestein

Former European Commissioner, currently President of Think-tank Telders Foundation.


Frits Bolkestein is well known for his career in Dutch politics, including his roles as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services and Party Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy.

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About Frits Bolkestein


  • Retired as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services in 2004
  • He is currently president of the Telders-foundation, the think-tank connected with the VVD (Liberals Party), a member of the supervisory board of the Central Bank of The Netherlands and a non-executive director of Air France-KLM.
  • Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (London)
  • Fluent in both English and Dutch

Speaking Topics


  • EU competitiveness actions speak louder than words
  • The transatlantic relationship in financial services
  • Creating a Transatlantic Securities Market
  • Aligning Capital Adequacy Directive III with Basel II
  • Towards an integrated European Capital market
  • Modernising Company Law and Enhancing Corporate Governance in the EU
  • Reviving European Growth - the need for courageous reforms

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Books By Frits Bolkestein


Muslim in the Polder (1997)
Drilling in hard wood (1998)
Unprocessed Past (1998)
The Borders of Europe (2004)
Border Explorations (2005)
The two lamps of the statesman (2006)
Peut-on reformer la France? (2006)
Overconfidence and daring (2008)
The politics of things (2009)
The Good Stranger (2011)
Intellectual Seduction (2011)
Cassandra Nilly (2013)
Floris, Count of Holland (English play, under his pseudonym Niels Kobet) (1976)
Modern Liberalism (1982)
The Angel and the Beast (1990)
Words have their meaning (1992)
Islam and Democracy (with Mohammed Arkoun ) (1994)
Heft in the Hands (1995)

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