EU High-Level Advisers

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Olev Aarma
Country: Estonia Estonia
Field: Implementation of Association Agreement
Institution: Parliament
Olev Aarma has worked in Estonian Parliament for 19 years dealing with EU affairs before and after the accession. Main areas of responsibility and expertise included organization of EU-related activities of the Parliament as well as decision-making process on EU matters between the Parliament and the Government. As an expert on parliamentary involvement in European affairs, Olev has been on short term missions in Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and on broader parliamentary oversight issues in Moldova and Libya. Olev has been a member of election observation missions in Azerbaidjan, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia.

The main aim of his position here is to advise the Parliament how countries have tackled EU integration in the past and to find best possible solutions to Moldova. His main function is to liaise between the Parliament and its units and EU Delegation and other HLAs. He also provides advice and know how other Parliaments have arranged their approach to approximation.
SNEZHANA BLAGOEVA
Country: Estonia Bulgaria
Field: Rural Development and Agriculture
Institution: Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment
Snezhana Blagoeva has extensive experience in the field of Agricultural and Rural Development policy, working both at expert and decision-making levels. She has been directly involved in the EU accession negotiations of Bulgaria, harmonisation of the Bulgarian legislation with acquis communautaire in the field of agriculture and setting up of the necessary institutional framework for the successful implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). She has the experience of successful implementation of the EU CAP at national level, the improvement of the institutional structure and capacity and adaptation of the policy to the agricultural sector`s needs and requirements. During the negotiations for the CAP 2014-2020 she has been in charge of the negotiation team and for the preparation of the relevant national strategic documents and analyses. In 2013 as part of the Bulgarian caretaker government Mrs.Blagoeva was Deputy-minister responsible for CAP implementation, Rural Development and land management. She has master degrees in Agricultural Economics, Law and EU law.

Ms. Blagoeva’s current assignment in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry is to provide policy recommendations and guidance on the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association agreement in the area of Agriculture and Rural development. She will support MAFI in elaboration and implementation of Agricultural and Rural development policy in line with EU policies and best practices through setting up the necessary institutional and legal framework.
Bernard Chantemesse
Country: Estonia France
Field: Transport
Institution: Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure
Railway Engineer with more than 40 years of experience in transport sector and, most particularly, in railways projects thanks to his works at the SNCF (French national railway company), as Senior Executive, and at several railway regulatory authorities, Bernard Chantemesse gained a deep experience of the EU enlargement process and capacity building of transport institutions.
For more than 14 years, first in the Baltic States then in the Balkans, he was involved in numerous Pre-Accession Assistance projects as well as international financial institutions projects related to the transposition of EC Directives, harmonisation of legal framework, restructuring of transport sector and modernisation of railway and road infrastructure.
He was Project Leader / Resident Twinning Adviser in projects in Lithuania, Serbia, Montenegro, Tunisia, Egypt.
More recently, he was Adviser to the Ministry of European Integration of the Republic of Kosovo and Adviser to the European Integration Office of the Republic of Serbia.

Eugen Corciu
Country: Estonia Romania
Field: Internal Affairs
Institution: Ministry of Internal Affairs
Eugen Corciu is an experienced police officer. He holds a PhD in International and European Security Studies from Romanian National Defense Academy and is a graduate of Law Faculty.
With over 25 years of experience at the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, his managerial positions cover the full range of Internal Affairs issues. Eugen Corciu has over 10 years high-level and practical experience as a senior expert on implementing international and EU projects related to strengthening the capacities of law enforcement agencies, justice reform and anticorruption in Romania, Moldova and Azerbaijan.

His current assignment in Ministry of Internal Affairs includes strategic policy advice in line with EU policies and best practices in finalising the demilitarisation and decentralisation process of the Ministry and for preventing and combating corruption. EU HLA in the field of internal affairs is also providing support for revising and implementing the new strategic framework of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and is also offering specific guidance for strengthening the coordination and communication between MIA and other line ministries and agencies.
Rosario De Blasio
Country: Estonia Italy
Field: Customs
Institution: Customs Service
Rosario de Blasio has been working for the last 10 years at the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine, advising both countries in the development of their customs and border policies, regulatory and institutional reform in approximation and alignment with EU and Association Agreements/DCFTA requirements. He has more than twenty years of experience working for the Customs Agency in Italy.
Working for the EU Border Assistance Mission, Rosario has had extensive experience improving Moldova-Ukraine cross-border cooperation in line with EU best practices, especially through implementation of modern cooperation tools, such as joint control, and exchange of pre-arrival information on goods and people.

Rosario’s current assignment in the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova includes policy advice in the implementation of the EU-Moldova AA/DCFTA through simplified procedures and effective measures to fight against smuggling with a view to ensuring revenue collection, safety and security at the customs borders of the country. The EU High-Level Adviser is also providing support in the structural reform of the Customs Service, including incentive schemes for staff, with the aim of improving its institutional capacities and reducing corruption.
Matija Derk
Country: Estonia Croatia
Field: Regional Development
Institution: Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment
Matija Derk holds Masters Degree in International Relations from Dublin City University and is actively working with development related issues on regional, national and international level for almost 14 years. Matija was involved in all stages of Croatian EU accession process starting his work in Ministry of European Integration in 2002. Leaving the Ministry Matija assumed role of director of regional development agency for following 7 years after which he was appointed Assistant Minister at Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds as Head of Directorate for Strategic Planning. Matija was involved in preparing a number of strategies including Regional Development Strategy, Investment Promotion Plan and Rural Development Strategy, National Innovation Strategy and Smart Specialization Strategy. He was also directly responsible for delivery of strategic documents for EU funds (Partnership Agreement and all Operational Programmes), aid coordination and coordination of Croatian participation in European Semester.
Daniel Funeriu
Country: Estonia Romania
Field: Education
Institution: Ministry of Education, Culture and Research
Dr. Daniel P. Funeriu is a researcher by training. In 1999 he received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Strasbourg, under the guidance of Nobel Laureate J.-M. Lehn. After holding research positions at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Amagasaki, Japan, he joined the Technical University Munchen in 2006 on a Marie Currie Excellence Grant. In 2009 he became Member of the European Parliament and later that year Minister for Education, Research, Youth and Sports of the Romanian Government. In that capacity, he promoted a comprehensive modernisation of the Romanian education landscape, by adopting a new education law, new research legislation, strong anti-corruption measures as well as transparency, fight against plagiarism and performance-based allocation of research funds. In 2012 he became senior advisor to the Romanian president, with ministerial rank, until 2014. Before joining the team of High-Level Advisers to the Moldova Government he was pursuing research in the Institut Charles Sadron, France.
JUOZAS GALDIKAS
Country: Estonia Lithuania
Field: Health Reform
Institution: Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection
Juozas Galdikas has a background in medicine, specialization in Vascular Surgery and experience of 14 years in this area. During this period he was occupied in the Clinic of Vascular Surgery of Vilnius University (Lithuania), spent two years on postgraduate study in Cardiovascular Clinic of Berne University (Switzerland), got awards for research in Vascular Surgery in New York and Berlin, got scientific degree of Medical doctor, later- Habilitated doctor and the name of Professor at Vilnius University.

Since 1995 he moved to politics and administration in health care. He was directly elected to the Parliament of Lithuania, became Minister of Health (Member of the 8th Government of Lithuania). At the position of Minister he organized preparation and implementation of Compulsory Health insurance system in the country.

Since 2001 Juozas has started a position in civil service, becoming deputy director and later director of State health care accreditation agency, which was nationally responsible for regulation of medical devices, health specialists and nurses, health care establishments, medical audit, patient safety, health technology assessment and became the national contact point for Patient rights and cross-border health care.

As an expert of health care governance since 2003 he participated in a range of EU and WHO projects, as well as TAIEX missions to Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey.
Victor Giosan
Country: Estonia Romania
Field: Local Public Administration Reform
Institution: Prime Minister's Office
With a BS and MS in macro-economics 1986, Department of Planning and Economic Cybernetics – Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Victor has more than 21 years of experience as top manager in Romanian central and local public administration and as international expert. He was municipal counsellor (1992-2000 and 2004) and deputy mayor (1996-2000) in Romanian local government. At central level Victor Giosan was State Secretary in General Secretariat of Romanian Government (2005-2009), coordinating the system of policy making and strategic planning and State Adviser of the Prime Minister (2016) in charge of the public administration reform. As international consultant he worked in Romania (1998-2017) in different areas as: intergovernmental fiscal system, developing the local government institutional capacity, municipal service management; functional reviews of central institutions, strategic planning; public investment management - long term resident adviser of World Bank in Ministry of Public Finance. Outside Romania he worked in Albania (2002), Serbia (2003-2011), Bosnia Herzegovina (2004), Kosovo (2006-2007 and 2009), Tajikistan (2012), Moldova (2010-2015 and 2017) in different areas: decentralization strategy, fiscal decentralization and intergovernmental transfer design, decentralization of social services, functional reviews of CoG, strategic planning in projects funded by DfID, USAID, European Commission, UNDP/UNICEF, Council of Europe, World Bank.
Andreja Jerina
Country: Estonia Slovenia
Field: Aid Coordination
Institution: Ministry of Finance
Andreja Jerina has long term senior experience in administration and governance and in particular in programming, implementation and evaluation of development programs both at the EU and national level. In the last 20 years she is at the most senior positions within the Government of Slovenia where she was among others responsible for the European affairs including aid coordination, EU enlargement process and management of EU funds. She was also responsible for strategic planning and development, structural policies and environment. She has been actively involved in the negotiations on European budgets; in designing and setting the implementation system for management of EU funds in Slovenia including the pre-accession assistance, in the introduction of the results oriented budgeting within the national budgeting procedure and the development of innovative financial instruments.

Before coming to Moldova she was acting as National coordinator for EU Macro regional strategies (Danube, Adriatic Ionian and Alpine) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.
Aldona Jociene
Country: Estonia Lithuania
Field: Banking
Institution: National Bank
Dr. Aldona Jociene is an experienced banking supervision executive. She worked in the area of banking supervison at the Central Bank of Lithuania for 20 years. Since 2012, Aldona was the Director of Prudential Supervision Department and carried out the supervisory reform. Aldona actively participated in the creation processes of the European Banking Union (working groups in the European Council, European Central Bank) and Lithuania’s joining the Single Supervisory Mechanism. Aldona also has international experience in representing the Central Bank of Lithuania at European institutions.
Aldona has PhD in Social Sciences (economics). She actively participated in academic activities – was a lecturer at Vilnius University on International Banking, Bank Management and Financial Markets, published many scientific articles on bank business models, bank capital adequacy and global financial crisis.

She provides policy advice to National Bank of Moldova on banking supervision reform with the main goal of creating a modern and efficient supervisory framework in line with EU standards (Basel III). EU HLA on Banking is also providing support in the strengthening of NBM communication capabilities for better informing society about banking sector and cooperation with other institutions with the aim of efficient fight against economic crimes.
Inguss Kalnins
Country: Estonia Latvia
Field: Justice
Institution: Ministry of Justice
Since 2012, Inguss has been Deputy State Secretary on Strategic Affairs at the Ministry of Justice of Latvia. Performing high level policy and strategic advising to the Minister of Justice and to the Cabinet of Ministers with more than 10 years of experience in public administration, EU law and justice policy. Inguss has proven experience in advising and supervising an effective and timely implementation of acquis at the Governmental level as well as developing, monitoring and implementing different justice strategies. He successfully planned and organized Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU for the Ministry of Justice in 2015. He has been effectively supervising multi-million euro worth projects at the Ministry of Justice and representing the Government before the European Court of Justice since 2011.

His current assignment at Ministry of Justice is to provide policy advice on the transparency, independence and effectiveness justice system. He is working towards reformed and effective integrity system in the judiciary to contribute towards the reforms that would accelerate public trust in judges and their decisions. Independence is a fundamental right that goes hand in hand with responsibility. Inguss is working to ensure that the combination of these principles is applied in judiciary.