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Team of Experts • Cross-Border Cooperation on the EU's Eastern Border

Team of Experts

Pekka Järviö

Pekka Järviö is the Managing Partner of Jarvio Associates and has a long career in different Finnish Ministries. As Director General for International Security Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior he represented Finland in the European Union Council bodies dealing with immigration, police cooperation and border management in 1996 – 2004. In 1998 – 2001 he chaired the Nordic group charged with the preparations for the accession of the five Nordic countries to the Schengen area. From 2005 to 2010 he was responsible at the Ministry for the Finnish-Russia INTERREG-TACIS Neighbourhood Programmes and preparation and implementation of the ENPI CBC programmes. He has a L.L.M degree from the University of Helsinki. Since 2011  as an independent consultant he has published two studies on the future of cross-border cooperation on the EU’s eastern border and contributed to the preparatory consultations on EU’s funding for external border cooperation in the next budgetary period.

Atle Staalesen

Atle Staalesen has worked in the Norwegian Barents Secretariat since 2004. He is editor of the Barents Review, the Secretariat’s bi-annual publication and is a staff writer at the BarentsObserver.com. He is also engaged in the Barents Secretariat’s cross-border programme and project activities in the Carpathian region and in the Balkans supported by the Norway Grants financial mechanism. Atle has a degree in Russian and political science from the University of Oslo and has studied journalism at the Moscow State University.

Małgorzata Samusjew

Programme Manager in  Association of Polish Communes of Euroregion Baltic, Poland,  Elbląg (www.eurobalt.org.pl ).

Małgorzata is responsible for developing and management different international projects under programmes Interreg IIIA/Tacis, Interreg IVC, ENPI CBC Programme PL-LT-RU 2007-2013, Norwegian Financial Mechanism and Financial Mechanism of EEA. Total value of managed soft projects and programmes: 8, 500 mln €. In 1996 she was the Secretary of two intergovernmental Councils: Council for cooperation between  Polish regions and Kaliningrad County  and for cooperation between  Polish regions and  Sankt Petersburg and Leningrad County RF. On behalf of Association she is the member of Member of Joint Monitoring Committee for the ENPI CBC PL-LT-RU Program 2007-2013. Since 2010 works as the external assessor for the CBC Programme PL- BY-UA 2007-2013.

In 1990 she Mrs Samusjew  received Master’s Degrees In Philosophy from State Moscow University of M.Lomonosov; as additional field, completed postgraduate studies of Project management and Audit and financial control in the  Higher Trade School in Warsaw. Now she is the lecturer of European structural Funds and Project Management  in The State Higher School of Vocational Education in Elbląg; has long term experience as the project management trainer.

Victor Chirila

Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Association (www.ape.md) , an expert in Moldovan politics, European integration and foreign policy issues. He holds a degree in history of the A. I. Cuza University in Iasi, Romania. Between 1994 and 1996, Mr. Chirila pursued master studies in international relations at the National School for Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania. In 2007, he has been awarded Master of Science in European Public Policy by the Edinburgh University, United Kingdom.

Between 1996 and 2006, Mr. Chirila worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova. During this period, he held different positions including Deputy Director of the European Integration Department, Chief of Staff of the Foreign Minister, Political Counselor at the Moldovan Embassy in the U.S, Deputy Director of the Europe and North America Department and the International Economic Relations Department.

He has written many analyses, commentaries and studies on European integration, Moldovan foreign policy and Transnistrian settlement, which can be found on the Foreign Policy Association website .

Serhii Ustych

Director of Institute for Transborder Cooperation, Uzghorod, Ukraine (www.instc.net)  and Project Coordinator of “Borders for people” www.bordersforpeople.net

Serhii Ustych is a former Ukrainian diplomat with strong academic background and extensive experience in community and political leadership. In 1999-2004 he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine in the Czech Republic and in 2004-2005 in Slovakia. Currently he is teaching master course  on “Theory and practice of cross-border cooperation” at the Transcarpathian State University. He resides in Uzhgorod, Ukraine where he is known as advocate of promotion of cross-border cooperation.

Alexey Ignatiev

Alexey Ignatiev is Development and Programmes Director at Kaliningrad Regional Economic Development Agency (www.kaliningrad-rda.org). He has got years of experience as a consultant in numerous international cooperation projects. He also assisted Kaliningrad NGOs, regional and local authorities in initiating and successfully implementing dozens of projects in the field of business development, culture, healthcare, tourism, etc. within TACIS, INTERREG and ENPI programmes. In 2002-2005 he was a Programme Director for Russia and CEE of the EastWest Institutes Centre for Border Co-operation. In October 2010 he was awarded with Border Dialogues Prize for substantial contribution to cross-border cooperation. He is the author and co-author of a large number of publications mainly focusing on issues of Kaliningrad region’s development in the context of EU-Russia relations and cross-border cooperation.

Petr Shopin

Petr Shopin is a Project Manager at Kaliningrad Regional Economic Development Agency. He has got nearly 10 years of experience in international cross-border cooperation projects, particularly with participation of Russian and Lithuanian partners.

Sandor Koles

Sandor Koles has been the Senior Vice-President for Programs and Development with the International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT). Based in Hungary and founded in 2005, ICDT’s mission is to facilitate the smooth and peaceful process of democratic transition based on participatory principles, and the socio-cultural context of regions and countries where the process takes place. Under his leadership the ICDT implemented projects in Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans, Central Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Before joining the ICDT, Mr. Koles had been working with the Carpathian Foundation, first as Country Director for Hungary and, since 1997, as the Executive Director of the Foundation. He  has over 20 years of experience in regional animation, civil society and local development within Central and Eastern Europe. He has worked as a Director of the Department of Training and Community Development at the Hungarian Institute for Culture, Budapest. In 1989, Mr. Koles founded the Village Development Association in order to animate local communities in developing their own local institutions. Mr. Koles had been the Vice-President of the European Council for Villages and Small Towns (ECOVAST) in 1993-1998.