Secretariat of the Steering Committee

The Secretariat is an executive body that reports to the Steering Committee. On a daily basis it works to support the activities of the Steering Committee and the Forum in general and serves as the EaP CSF information, coordination and expertise hub for stakeholders in the EU and in the EaP countries. The Secretariat ensures greater visibility of the activities of the Forum, its National Platforms and Working Groups and increased contribution of civil society to the reform process in the EaP region. It liaises with the European Commission, the European External Action Service, other EU institutions and Brussels-based organisations on behalf of the Forum.

Together with the Steering Committee the Secretariat is developing advocacy and communication campaigns on matters of importance to the Forum and takes stock of the policy developments, while ensuring its further communication to the Steering Committee members, Forum participants and the general public.

Permanent Staff

Iustina Haroianu
Finance and Grants Manager
Tel: +32 2 893 25 82

Tania Marocchi
EaP Index and Membership Manager
Tel: +32 2 893 2586

Vera Rihackova Pachta
Interim Director and Advocacy Manager
Tel: +32 2 893 2588

Kristina Pitalskaia
Grants and Membership Manager

Laura Ponikelska
Communications Manager

Alexandra Sabou
Administrative and Statutory Processes Manager
Tel: +32 2 893 2586

Temporary staff

Hanna Asipovich
EaP Index Manager, external consultant


Mihai Damașcan
Administrative & Advocacy Trainee

Erika Zimmer
Communications Trainee

Calum Robert Thomson
Index and Membership Trainee