15:00 – 16:00 – Panel Discussion: Ways to improve the conditions in the EU Member States of legal framework, political support, existing implementing structures, databases and other, measures for the effective use of its Public Sector Expertise

Panel description: The panel aims to analyse and discuss the potential for further expansion of the participation of public sector experts in the EU development cooperation projects (Twinning, Taiex, grants, Sigma, delegated cooperation, other) and national bilateral development cooperation  by reviewing legal and administrative set-ups in the EU MS and discussing incentives for public sector experts and their administrations as well as challenges facing public sector experts and their institutions.

Mr Linas Kojala, Moderator






Linas Kojala was named Director of Eastern Europe studies center, a leading think-tank in the Baltic countries, in 2016. In 2020, he also started a fellowship at Foreign Policy Research Institute (U.S.), where he has been working on security and economic issues of importance to the Baltic Sea region. He was also a Fulbright Fellow at Davis Center, Harvard University (2017-2018), and continues to be a non-resident expert at Davis Center Negotiation Task Force. 

Linas is also a columnist and a regular political commentator at Lithuanian TV and radio, as well as international outlets (including CNN, the Moscow Times, French, German, Dutch radio, etc.). His research interests include foreign affairs, U.S. foreign policy, European integration, security and NATO studies, information security. His book on Lithuania's accession to the European Union and current security challenges of Europe was among top-selling books in Lithuania in 2019. In 2019, he was voted third most influential Lithuanian public figure in a poll by the national media outlet DELFI.

Mr Mindaugas Kačerauskis, Deputy Director, Development Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania







Mindaugas Kačerauskis was born on 5 May 1972 in Kaunas Lithuania. He studied English Philology (BA) and World Literature (MA) and International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University. He attended a post-graduate course on foreign trade at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. He started his professional career in 1992 at the Asia Africa & Pacific Division, in 1996 as the desk officer for the Middle East and Africa. In 1997 – 1998 he served as consultant for foreign policy to the President of the Republic of Lithuania. In 1998 he was appointed to the Lithuanian Embassy in Israel and in 2001 he went to open the Lithuanian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. After return from the Middle East he continued his career at the Asia, Africa & Pacific Division in charge of Israel and the Arab World. At the same time he started lecturing Middle East history and politics at the Oriental Studies Center of Vilnius University.

In 2003 he changed his diplomatic vector and became the Head of Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova Division and in 2005 was appointed the first Charge d’Affaires of the Lithuanian Embassy in the Republic of Moldova. In 2007 he was transfered to the position of the Political Advisor to the European Union Special Representative to the Republic of Moldova. In this capacity he specialised in the Transnistrian conflict settlment. After returning back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010 he joined the OSCE Charmanship Task Forece being in charge of protracted conflicts (Transnistria and the conflict in Georgia). After completion the OSCE chairmanship he served as the Head of Russia Division and in 2013 he was appointed as Deputy Director of Development Coopereation Department. The same year he went back to Moldova to serve as Political Officer at the EU Delegation.  In 2018 he was re-appointed to the position of Deputy Director of Development Cooperation Department.

Mindaugas Kačerauskis is also Member of the Governing Board of the European Humanities University. His main field of interest is East European transformation and conflict resolution.

Ms Yildiz Götze, National Contact Point of Twinning & TAIEX, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy






Yıldız Götze has worked at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy for 20 years. Since 2015  she is Head of Division responsible for  Institutional Partnerships, Twinning, and the International Manager Training Programme. Prior to this, she was acting Head of the ‘Relations with EU Member States’ Division. She served in the Foreign Trade Department for a number of years and on the G7 Sherpa Staff. Before joining that ministry, she worked at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, the EU Commission and the GIZ. She has also been posted abroad including in Turkey, Latvia and Burkina Faso.

Ms Deimantė Vaičiūnė, Head of International Development Cooperation Projects Division of CPMA, Lithuania







Ms. Deimantė Vaičiūnė is Head of International Development Cooperation Projects Division of the Central Project Management Agency for more than 10 years. She works with projects financed by the EU and implemented by Lithuanian public administrations. The main passion and 15 years’ experience is working with Twinning projects where she started as Resident Twinning Advisor Assistant when Lithuania was Beneficiary Country and afterwards helping Lithuanian institutions as Member State to prepare quality proposals and ensuring administrative-financial management. CPMA is widening its international development cooperation horizons and participating in new forms of EU development cooperation such as grants or contribution agreements, so that Lithuanian public administrations can share their transition experience and lessons learnt with EU Partner Countries. Ms. Deimantė Vaičiūnė has University Education in International Relations and Political Science and Master Degree in European Public Administration. She continues participating in development cooperation projects in various positions as Project Leader, Expert or Coordinator.

Mr Wojciech Gołębiowski, Poland National Contact Point for Twinning and Taiex, Ministry of Foreign Affairs







Since 2005 he has been involved in twinning programmes. In the years 2005-2009, as the so-called twinning task manager, he coordinated twinning projects in which Poland was a beneficiary of the assistance. Since 2008 he has been the National Twinning and TAIEX Contact Point. Since 2010, an employee of the Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where, apart from twinning and TAIEX, he deals with Polish development cooperation strategy.

Ms Tiina Järvelä, Finland National Contact Point for Twinning, Ministry for Foreign Affairs






Tiina Järvelä has worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland from 1999 in different positions.  Currently she is the team leader of the National Twinning and TAIEX team and the National Contact Point for Twinning, Structural Reform Support Program (SRSP) and Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). Previously she has worked as TAIEX coordinator and information officer at the MFA.  

Ms. Järvelä holds a Master’s degree in Administrative Sciences from the University of Tampere, Finland.    

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