Robert Micallef was a negotiator for the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and has extensive working experience in Brussels having worked with EU institutions for years. He was employed as an economist with the European Commission and was an adviser to the Group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. For a number of years, Robert Micallef was also National Editor for Eurobarometer surveys published by the European Commission.
Robert Micallef studied politics and economics at Oxford University and European law at the European College in Parma where he was tutored by Professor Mario Monti. He also obtained a Master in Business Administration with a specialization in Technology from Grenoble School of Management in France and a Master in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the oldest graduate school in the US, set up jointly by the universities of Harvard and Tufts.
For a number of years, Robert Micallef taught political studies and European studies at the University of Malta. Before he began his European career, Robert Micallef was co-founder of the Labour Youth Forum and served as President of the National Youth Council.
Robert Micallef was a candidate for the Labour Party in the European Parliament elections held in 2004.