Brussels, 9 July 2021
Extraordinary Steering Committee Meeting
The EaP CSF Steering Committee (SC) convened on 9 July 2021 in an extraordinary meeting to discuss the new changes in the EaP CSF Secretariat team and the appointment of an Interim Director of the Secretariat. Moreover, the SC discussed the EaP CSF workflow and its key priorities, processes and tasks.
Given the long term medical leave of the Director of the Secretariat, Natalia Yerashevich, the SC agreed to support the appointment of Vera Rihackova Pachta as the Interim Director of the Secretariat for an unlimited period until the return of Natalia Yerashevich from her medical leave. Vera Rihackova Pachta has extensive experience in the Forum where she served as the Advocacy Manager for the past 6 years.
The SC agreed on mandating Goda Neverauskaite and Ana-Otilia Nutu to represent the SC in relation to the lawyer hired by the Secretariat to advise on the necessary legal steps with the Belgian authorities. Next, the SC acknowledged the workload and priorities of the Secretariat for the upcoming months and agreed to postpone the implementation of several processes for the beginning of 2022.
The SC was also updated about the results of the service provider selection for the organisation of the 2021 Annual Assembly. Following a selection procedure, the contract was awarded to the company “OfCores”. The SC was reminded to join the AA task force (currently made up of 2 SC members) – an invitation to which Lousineh Hakobyan responded positively.