EU High-Level Advisers

Rosario De Blasio
Country: Estonia Italy
Field: Customs and Tax Policy (Domestic Revenue Mobilisation)
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.
Daniel Funeriu
Country: Estonia Romania
Field: Education and Research
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.
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.
Igoris Krzeckovskis
Country: Estonia Lithuania
Field: Anti-money laundering
Institution: Office for Prevention & Combating of Money Laundering; Criminal Asset Recovery Agency
Igoris worked in the Ministry of Interiors of Lithuania for over 20 years in senior management positions and was responsible for the development of Anti-Money Laundering national policy. He was a member of the Lithuanian delegation in the Money Laundering And Terrorist Financing Prevention Experts Committee MONEYVAL of the Council of Europe and observer in the Eurasian group on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism (EAG). He was a Chairman of the Working group Anti Fraud (GAF) of the Council of European Union (2013). As the Senior Financial Investigator Igoris was leading joint investigations with Germany, US, UK, Italy, Russia and Ukraine law enforcement authorities, European Anti Fraud Service (OLAF) and Europol. Igoris was a expert in the technical assistance projects and seminars on combating of financial crimes in Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Romania, Macedonia, Zambia.

After his retirement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Igoris worked as an Anti-Money Laundering consultant for the United Nations Office in Drugs and Crimes and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

His current assignment in Moldova includes: improvement of the protection of the state financial system from criminal influence; improvement of the implementation of Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing measures by state and private institutions of Moldova; support to the implementation of National Strategy on Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing; support to the implementation of the requirements of the European Union in the field of Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.
Kálmán Mizsei
Country: Estonia Hungary
Field: Confidence Building Measures
Institution: Bureau for Reintegration
Kalman Mizsei was the European Union Special Representative for Moldova between 2007 and 2011. In this capacity he was mainly responsible for representing the European Union in the Transnistrian settlement process. He initiated the confidence building process in 2007 to the Moldovan government. He was the founding Head of Mission of the EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform in Ukraine in 2014-15. Kalman was Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Regional Director for Europe and the CIS Countries in 2001 – 2006. He was Chairman of the Hungarian Export Import Bank in 1995 to 1997. Kalman has a PhD in Economics from the Corvinus University in Hungary.

He has joined the European Union High Level Advisers' Mission in August 2019 to help the Moldovan government to strengthen its reintegration policy with a particular emphasis on confidence building measures.
Alexandru Sandulescu
Country: Estonia Romania
Field: Energy
Institution: Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure
Mr. Sandulescu obtained his MsC in Energy, at Bucharest Technical University. He also holds a PhD in Energy Markets and studied utility regulation at University of Gainesville Florida and Sherbrooke University Montreal. Before joining the European Union High Level Advisers' Mission to the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Sandulescu was Director General for energy in the Romanian Ministry of Economy, Director General in the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority, researcher and programme director in ICEMENRG, a national energy engineering and research institute.

His current assignment in Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure includes policy advice in creating a competitive energy market by transposing EU energy acquis, in increasing energy security of supply by promoting the gas and electricity interconnections with EU networks, in development of a sustainable energy sector by increasing the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency projects.
Satu Seppanen
Country: Estonia Finland
Field: Justice and Prosecution Services
Institution: Ministry of Justice
Vytautas Valvonis
Country: Estonia Lithuania
Field: Financial Services
Institution: National Bank; National Commission for Financial Markets
Dr. Vytautas Valvonis received his PhD in economics from Vilnius University in 2008. He is author and co-author of various research publications on bank credit risk management, for which he got V. Jurgutis award from the Central bank of Lithuania and Lithuania Academy of Sciences. The last 8 years he was a director of Supervision Service at the Central Bank of Lithuania, responsible both for prudential and business conduct supervision. During his duty at the central bank, he was a voting member at ECB SSM, EBA, ESMA and EIOPA.
Pawel Wojtunik
Country: Estonia Poland
Field: Anti-corruption
Institution: Prime-Minister’s Office
Pawel Wojtunik is the former Head of the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau in Poland (2009-2015). Previously he held the position of Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation of the National Police Headquarters in Poland, responsible for fighting organised crime and terrorism (2007-2009). In 2007 seconded to New Scotland Yard in London, UK. He joined to the police service in 1992. Pawel graduated from High Police School in Szczytno, Poland, Law Faculty of University in Bialystok, Poland, International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell, USA.