Working Papers

Inguna Kramina, Policy Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy at the European Commission

Ms. Kramina is a Policy Officer at DG Regional and Urban Policy within the European Commission.

She has worked in a number of positions within the European Commission including: Policy Officer, DG Regional Policy (2003-2004); Programme Manager, EU policies, and Desk Officer (Regional); DG Regional Policy, Unit “UK and Latvia”  (2004 –2007); Desk Officer, DG Regional Policy, Unit “Estonia, Finland and Latvia” (2008 –2009); Programme Manager - EU policies, DG Regional Policy, Unit "IPA / ISPA, accession negotiations" 2009 –2012). 

TI-Croatia introductory presentation

Davorka Budimir, President of Transparency International Croatia, opened the conference with a few introductory remarks.

Ágnes Czibik, analyst, Corruption Research Center in Budapest

Ágnes Czibik has a Master's degree in public policy analysis, and statistics. She received her MA at Corvinus University of Budapest. She worked as an analyst at an Institute which is specialized in economics and economic sociology from 2008 to 2014, and now works as Director of Research at the Research Center in Budapest. 

Goran Matesic, President of the State Commission for the Supervision of Public Procurement Procedures

Goran Matešić is President of the State Commission for the Supervision of Public Procurement Procedures, an autonomous and independent state body responsible for considering appeals in connection with PP, concessions, and award procedures for the selection of private partners. This is the second time that he has headed this institution, the first time being after the establishment of this state body (2003-2008). He has previously worked as an attorney-at-law, Civil Court Judge, and President of the management board of the Rail Market Regulatory Agency (2009-2014). Over the course of his professional career, he has implemented public procurement reforms, drafted procurement legislation, designed the public procurement system in Croatia, as well as designed and organisthe national system of training in the area of public procurement. He is also the author of numerous scientific articles in the area of public procurement as well as a Lecturer in this field. 

Filko Cezner, Assistant Minister of Economy

He has been Assistant Minister of Economy since October 2013. In his professional carrier, Mr. Cezner has held several postitions as advisor and assistant. Among other things, he has worked as assistant Minister of Construction as well as assistant Minister of Public Works.

He was awarded with Homeland Gratitude for successful work in public service. Mr. Cezner holds a degree in architecture.

Tatjana Borovina, Head of Sector for set-up and improvement of the system, Directorate for the implementation of operational programmes and international instruments, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds

Tatjana Borovina is Head of Sector for set-up and improvement of the system, Directorate for the implementation of operational programmes and international instruments, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds. Ms. Borovina has a rich working experience. Among other things, she has worked as a translator for the United Nations from 1992 to 1996 and as Head of the Quality Assurance Department at the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds from 2012 to 2013. Prior to her current position, she was Head of the system to improve services at the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds.

Michaela Rajkova, Project and Financial Manager at TI-Bulgaria

Michaela Rajkova has been the Project and Financial Manager at Transparency International Bulgaria since January 2012, and as such is responsible for the overall planning, preparation and implementation of TI-Bulgaria’s initiatives as well as their budgeting, financial planning, and reporting. Ms. Rajkova has over twelve years of experience in project cycle management and public procurement process, especially in the context of European financial instruments. Her main areas of expertise and professional interest include the improvement of transparency and integrity in the tender procedures, planning, and implementation of projects, along with business integrity.

Michaela Rajkova holds a MA in Intellectual Property Management and a BA in Economics.

Georgias Chatzigiagkou, Senior consultant at Logička Matrica

Georgios Chatzigiagkou is senior consultant for EU funds at Logička Matrica. He has more than 5 years of experience in development assistance programmes throughout Southeast Europe, the European Neighbourhood, Central and East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa – working across a broad range of government policy areas and sectors, including public administration reform, legislative/regulatory impact assessment, justice and rule of law reforms, vocational education and training, energy, and culture. His previous positions have included working as a senior consultant, bid writer and project manager for European Profiles SA, British Council and other European consultancy firms. Georgios has also a proven experience in developing and delivering lectures/trainings/presentations on various subjects pertaining to European Union/Eurozone as well as on PCM tools for professional business people, middle- and upper-level civil servants and officials as well as university audiences. He has also advised the Croatian government on EU-related policy and institutional items post-accession. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of York (UK). 

Ana Fresl, Executive Director, PJR Consluting

She has graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Executive MBA program Cotrugli business school. All knowledge and experience in the field of EU funds and projectsshe gained in 5 years of work in the Ministry of Finance and the Central Finance and Contracting (CFCA), the first state agency to manage EU funds in Croatia. With her work in CFCA she has contributed to the establishment of a system of implementation of EU funds in Croatia (preparing manuals, agreements, internal project management processes and checklists, participation in obtaining the accreditation of the European Commission's management of funds, training institutions involved, etc.) for the PHARE and IPA. In CFCA she has lead over 50 projects, and later managed the portfolio department of over 200 different projects and also CFCA's department of education.

Since the establishment of PJR in 2009, she has advised the development of over 200 project proposals, she has worked as a technical adviser on 10 technical assistance projects in the public administration of the Republic of Croatia and neighboring countries in the region. Ana is a recognized lecturer in the field of EU funds, while for the system of funds, the way to report project on EU tenders, public procurement EU and the successful implementation of projects in operation in FYR she has educated about 4,000 people from various Croatian institutions and companies. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences (eg Week of EU funds, the Congress of hoteliers, Microsoft, SAP, etc.). A member of the Community Council of Management Consultants in CCE and the author of columns of EU funding in the journal RRIF. 

Marijan Škvarić, Mayor of the City of Lepoglava

Marijan Škvarić began his career in the economic sector, where he worked from 1987 to 2005 in various management positions. In 2001, he actively entered the political life of Lepoglava and became the President of the City Council. He has been Mayor since 2005.

In 2012, he was elected a Member of the Croatian Parliament. He is currently a member of the Regional Development Fund and the European Union Committee, the Interparliamentary Cooperation Committee, the local and regional self/government, the Credentials and Privileges Committee, the Executive Committee of the National group of the Croatian Parliament in the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Delegation to the Parliamentary dimension of the Central European Initiative and the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the SEECP.

He graduated from the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Zagreb in 1986.