Austria

Mr Karl IRRESBERGER

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Karl IRRESBERGER
Karl IRRESBERGER

Head of Legistics, Legal Information, Federal State Affairs and Administrative Organisational Law Division within the Constitutional Law Department of the Federal Chancellery of Austria

Mr Irresberger, who possesses a doctorate degree in Legal Science, started to work as a legal counsellor in the Constitutional Law Department of the Federal Chancellary of Austria in 1989. He has been Head of Legistics, Legal Information, Federal State Affairs and Administrative Organisational Law Division since 1997.

 

 

Belgium

Ms Maureen LOGGHE

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Maureen LOGGHE
Maureen LOGGHE

Advisor, Head of Unit International Strategy, Office of the President in the Federal Public Service Economy, SME’s, Self Employed and Energy

Ms Logghe started working as a chemical engineer for the Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy, SMEs, Self Employed and Energy at DG Quality and Safety, Consumer Safety Department, in 2002, implementing European legislation into national legislation, following standardization and coordinating market surveillance. In 2015, she became Head of Unit International Strategy at the Office of the President, following internal market policies. She was a seconded national expert and policy officer at DG Enterprise, European Commission location Brussels between March 2008 and February 2013. Prior to joining the FPS Economy, Ms Logghe worked as a chemical engineer for the State laboratory in Ghent, publishing papers on developing new detection methods for corticosteroids in scientific magazines. Ms Logghe graduated in 1994 from the University of Ghent as a Bio-engineer specialising in Chemistry.

Bulgaria

Ms Daniela VEZIEVA

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Daniela VEZIEVA
Daniela VEZIEVA

Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria

Born in the city of Russe, Bulgaria. She graduated from the “D. A. Tsenov” Academy of Economics in Svishtov with a degree in finance and credit and further specialization in “Public sector controlling”. Her expertise focuses on public finance and administration. She has been working on projects relating to decentralization and implementation of new governance models since 2003. From 2007 to 2014 she was the Bulgarian representative at the Budget Committee of European Schools. Previously to taking on the role of Deputy Minister of Economy she was Head of Department at the Regional Inspectorate of Education in Russe, thus bearing responsibility for all administrative, legal, financial and communication affairs related to the Inspectorate’s operations. Fluent in Russian and English. 

Croatia

Mr Vedran KRUŽIĆ

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Vedran KRUŽIĆ
Vedran KRUŽIĆ

Assistant Minister

Mr Kružić has been Assistant Minister for Trade and Internal Market at the Ministry of Economy since 2012. He graduated from the College of Economics at the University of Rijeka and has worked as a manager in the private telecom sector as well as Director of Large Account and Government Business Sales Department in Hrvatski Telecom d.d. He is also president of the Management Council at the Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar, of the National Council for Consumer Protection and of the National Council for eBusiness.

Cyprus

Ms Irene PIKI

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Irene PIKI
Irene PIKI

Head of Better Regulation, Investment and Entrepreneurship Division at the Unit of Administrative Reform (UAR) in the Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus. UAR, which was formed in October 2014, deals with the formulation and implementation of the new Growth Agenda. Irene joined the government in 1997 and worked for 10 years in the department responsible for EU regional policy. During the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2012, she was Head of the Programme and Policy Coordination Unit. She studied Regional Science at Reading University and holds a Master on Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London.

Czech Republic

Mr Jan KRAVČÍK

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Jan KRAVČÍK
Jan KRAVČÍK

Senior Government Counsellor at the Department of Regulatory Impact Assessment

Mr Kravčíkhas been in the Czech state administration since 2010. At the Ministry of the Interior, he focused on international cooperation in public administration, namely on human resources management and social dialogue in civil service. Currently, he is a senior counsellor at the Office of the Government in charge of communication with the legislation stakeholders, providing also analytical support to the Regulatory Impact Assessment process. Since 2011, he has been representing the Czech Republic in the OECD Public Governance Committee and other international forums.

Denmark

Mr Andrew Hjuler Crichton

Andrew Hjuler Crichton

Andrew Hjuler Crichton
Andrew Hjuler Crichton

Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.

He has an extensive career behind him as a government official and has among other jobs previously been deputy permanent secretary in the Danish Ministry of Employment. Andrew holds a law degree from Copenhagen University and prior to his employment in the State he was a business lawyer in Denmark.

Estonia

Mr Kaupo SEMPELSON

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Mr Kaupo SEMPELSON
Mr Kaupo SEMPELSON

Expert of Economic Development Department

Mr Sempelson is currently working as an expert of economic development department in the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His core task is designing a favourable business environment. He participated in preparing and launching several administrative burden reduction initiatives in Estonia, like the administrative burden calculator, zero bureaucracy etc. He is also acting as a main contact point regarding EU policies to reduce administrative burden. Mr Sempelson has been working on better regulation issues for more than eight years.

Finland

Mr Pekka TIMONEN

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France

Mr Thierry-Xavier GIRARDOT

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Mr Thierry-Xavier GIRARDOT
Mr Thierry-Xavier GIRARDOT

Conseiller d’Etat, State Councillor Directeur, adjoint au secrétaire général du Gouvernement Director, deputy Secretary General of the French Government

1991-1992 : Ecole nationale d’administration National School of Administration (ENA) 1993-1998 : Conseil d’Etat, Auditeur puis maître des requêtes – Council of state, auditor then Master of Requests 1998-2002 : Conseiller juridique à la représentation permanente de la France auprès de l’Union européenne, à Bruxelles - Legal Adviser to the Permanent Representation of France to the EU in Brussels 2002-2007 : Directeur des affaires juridiques au ministère de l’éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche - Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research 2007-2009 : Directeur des affaires juridiques au ministère de l’écologie, du développement durable, de l’énergie, des transports et du logement - Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of ecology, sustainable development, energy, transport and housing Depuis 2009 :since 2009, Directeur, adjoint au secrétaire général du Gouvernement - Director, deputy Secretary General of the French Government

Germany

Mr Wolf-Dieter PLESSING

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Mr Wolf-Dieter PLESSING
Mr Wolf-Dieter PLESSING

Born 1951; studied economics and law in Mannheim and Tübingen (1972-77); practiced law in Hamburg (1977-80), teaching European law (Université Paris II 1980/81); post-graduate study at the école nationale d’administration in Paris (international diploma in public administration 1985); desk officer for industrial policy in the Federal Ministry of Economics (1981 – 90); head of the division for restructuring and privatisation of the former state owned enterprises in the German New Länder (1990 – 1998); agent of the Federal Republic of Germany before the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg (1998 – 2004), head of the division “European law” of the Federal Ministry of Finance (2004 – 2006) and of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (2006 – 2009); since 2009 Deputy Director General for European Policy in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.

Greece

Mr Ilias KOROMILAS

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Mr Ilias KOROMILAS
Mr Ilias KOROMILAS

Head of Better Regulation Office

Mr Koromilas has been the Head of Better Regulation Office of the General Secretariat of the Greek Government and national representative in the Working Group of the Council on Better Regulation for Competitiveness and Growth since 2013. Having a doctorate degree in sociology and a master's degree in criminology, he has been working both as special adviser on better regulation and as lecturer, scientific researcher and collaborator. He is author of numerous publications and is president of the administrative board of the Criminologists' Society of Panteion University.

Hungary

Mr Peter Pal SCHMITT

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Mr Peter Pal SCHMITT
Mr Peter Pal SCHMITT

Director General for EU Coordination, Institutional and Legal Affairs, State Secretariat for European Union Affairs. Prime Minister’s Office, Hungary

Mr Schmitt has been Director General for EU Coordination, Institutional and Legal Affairs at the EU State Secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Office since 2014. He served as Consul General of Hungary to Shanghai (2013-2014). Earlier, he worked as head of the Foreign Affairs Department at the Prime Minister’s Office and as a foreign policy advisor at the Prime Minister’s International Desk. Before entering public service, Mr Schmitt worked as a lawyer. He also was a foreign policy editor at the News Section of Duna Television in Hungary. He has a degree in legal and political sciences (MA), and a specialized degree in international relations (MA). In 2014 he was appointed honorary professor of Zhejiang University of Technology in China.

Ireland

Mr Colm Forde

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Mr Colm Forde
Mr Colm Forde

Principal Officer in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland

Mr Forde is a Principal Officer in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland. He has responsibility for the administration of company law and business regulation. The Business Regulation Unit works with business to identify regulatory burdens and to find practical solutions with relevant Government Departments and Agencies. Prior to his current position, he worked in the Department of Finance in a number of policy areas including economics, public finances and VAT policy

Italy

Ms Silvia PAPARO

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 Ms Silvia PAPARO
Ms Silvia PAPARO

Dipartimento Funzione Pubblica

Since 2008, Ms Paparo has been Director General of the Office for Simplification at the Department for Public Administration, Prime Minister's office. She has acquired substantial knowledge in the field of better regulation by working on several initiatives aimed at making the citizen-public administration relationship simpler. As Director General, she coordinates the implementation of simplification policies, the activities on measurement and reduction of regulatory burdens imposed on SMEs, with a special focus on improving multilevel governance and stakeholder consultation.

Latvia

Ms Zaiga LIEPIŅA

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 Ms Zaiga LIEPIŅA
Ms Zaiga LIEPIŅA

Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

Was (born in 1969 in Riga, Latvia) is Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia. She has more than 20 years' of experience in the government sector. Since 2001, she has been responsible for shaping and implementing of policies related to foreign economic relations and EU internal market regulation. She is a member of the High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth, which is the body of the EU Council gathering high level representatives designed by Member States and the European Commission. In 2015 she also was the chair of the High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth. From 2004 to 2014 she was the Full Member of EU Trade Policy Committee and responsible for foreign trade policy issues in Latvia. Prior to that, Zaiga worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than 9 years, where she developed her excellent diplomatic skills and extensive knowledge of external trade relations. From 2002 to 20007 she was also the board member of several Latvian State Joint-Stock Companies. Zaiga has an MBA in economics (1991) and a post-graduate degree in International Economy and Law (1992), both from the University of Latvia. She further developed her knowledge studying International Business at the United Business Institute in Belgium (2000). 

Lithuania

Ms Aušra KENIAUSYTĖ

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Ms Aušra KENIAUSYTĖ
Ms Aušra KENIAUSYTĖ

Director of Company Law and Business Environment Improvement Department of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania

In the area of better regulation she works as a senior coordinator and is responsible for the organisation, planning and implementation of the activities carried out by her team. Also her responsibilities cover areas of single market services, competition and state aid, company law including policy making of the state owned companies. Ausra Keniausyte has master degrees in Law and in Political Sciences both from Vilnius University

Luxembourg

Mr Georges EISCHEN

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 Mr Georges EISCHEN
Mr Georges EISCHEN

Georges Eischen currently works within the Directorate for European Affairs and International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Luxembourg. He joined the ministry in 2014 and is currently working on Coreper II-related issues, including the rule of law, better governance and REFIT.

Malta

Mr John AQUILINA

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Mr John AQUILINA
Mr John AQUILINA

Managing Consultant, Office of the Prime Minister, MALTA

John Aquilina has 27 years international work experience mostly in top management positions within private and public sectors. Between 1991 and 2003, he held information technology and innovation management positions in software development, manufacturing, automotive and offshore outsourcing firms. John was Chief Executive Officer of the Management Efficiency Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister, Malta between 2003 and 2013. John has been heavily involved on the Malta-EU better regulation dossier, being its long-standing member of the High Level Group of National Regulatory Experts, the Standard Cost Model Network, and the Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Better Regulation). He is Malta’s nominated member on the REFIT Platform. John Aquilina holds a MBA (Henley Management College UK) and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics (University of Malta). 

Netherlands

Mr Mark BRESSERS

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Mr Mark BRESSERS
Mr Mark BRESSERS

Director of the Regulatory Reform and ICT Policy department at the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs

The department of Regulatory Reform and ICT Policy aims to improve the economic climate in the Netherlands for Entrepreneurs by decreasing administrative burdens, by improving the quality of digital service provided by the government and by helping businesses to use smart ICT solutions for growth and innovation. Previously he was, among other assignments, Deputy Director at Internal Affairs and manager at the shared IT service organisation for the national government.

Poland

Mr Mariusz HAŁADYJ

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Mr Mariusz HAŁADYJ
Mr Mariusz HAŁADYJ

Undersecretary of State Ministry of Economic Development

Mariusz Haładyj is responsible for matters related to improving the economic climate for entrepreneurs especially by decreasing regulatory burdens. He is a member of the Group for Programming the Work of the Government. He participates in the work on development of regulatory impact assessment system and public consultation. He is a certified legal counsel. Prior to his current position he worked in the Supreme Audit Office, in the Ministry of Finance and in the Ministry of Economy. 

Portugal

Mr Ana Sofia MARTINS

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Mr Ana Sofia MARTINS
Mr Ana Sofia MARTINS

Director for Administrative and Regulatory Simplification, Agency for the Administrative Modernization in the Presidency for the Council of Ministers

Ms Ana Sofia Martins has been Director for Administrative and Regulatory Simplification within the Agency for the Administrative Modernization in the Presidency for the Council of Ministers since January 2014. She has studied in Modern Literature at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and holds a master degree in Management from the ISCTE - Business School. She started her career in 2000 working as a digital journalist at the National TV Station and joined Public Administration in 2003 as project manager and since then has held several positions within the Knowledge Society Agency and the Agency for the Administrative Modernization.

Romania

Mr Dragoș NEGOIȚĂ

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 Mr Dragoș NEGOIȚĂ
Mr Dragoș NEGOIȚĂ

Director of the Directorate for Coordination of Policies and Programmes, Prime- Minister’s Chancellery, Government of Romania

Having 13 years of experience working at the Center of the Government, he is currently the Director of the Directorate for Coordination of Policies and Programs (DCPP), under the Prime Minister’s Chancellery. Concurrently, he holds the technical level coordinator position of the National Committee for correlating the implementation of the Strategy for the reinforcement of the public administration in 2014 - 2020. DCPP also coordinates the implementation of a Better Regulation strategy for 2014 to 2020. He has a Master’s degree in political science from the Institute of Political Studies - Grenoble, France.

Slovenia

Ms Janja JENC

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Ms Janja JENC
Ms Janja JENC

Senior adviser in Better Regulation, Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia

Janja Jenc is currently employed at the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia as a senior adviser in Better Regulation, Administrative Processes and Quality Service. In the past years she has participated in a number of projects involving development of regulatory impact assessment system and effective implementation of measures for administrative burden reduction. Currently she dedicates most of her time to the evaluation of the Programme for reducing administrative burdens by 25%.

Slovak Republic

Ms Zuzana NEHAJOVÁ

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Ms Zuzana NEHAJOVÁ
Ms Zuzana NEHAJOVÁ

Directorate General for Innovation and Business Environment at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

Zuzana Nehajova currently holds the position of Director General at the Directorate General for Innovation and Business Environment at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, where she is responsible for the national strategy for supporting innovation, clusters and startups, improving the business environment and digital economy. Previously, as a Director at the Department of Financial Strategy for Economic Growth at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, she was responsible also for the implementation of financial instruments and PPP projects. Zuzana holds a Doctorate of Law and Master degree in Financial Management from the Comenius University in Bratislava. She gained LL.M., Law degree from the University of California, and also from the Universita di Bologna and Universität Hamburg. Zuzana has an extensive professional experience in international law, European law and financial law. She started her career as a lawyer in Infoma Business Trading, a company specializing in fields of engineering and afterwards held a position in an Italian law firm, specializing in corporate law and financial markets. Her professional experience has been also enriched during her professional engagement at the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission 

Spain

Ms Maria Pia JUNQUERA TEMPRANO

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Ms Maria Pia JUNQUERA TEMPRANO
Ms Maria Pia JUNQUERA TEMPRANO

General Director for Public Governance within the Spanish Ministry of Finance and Public Service.

Since December 2016, Maria Pía Junquera Temprano is General Director for Public Governance within the Spanish Ministry of Finance and Public Service.

She holds a university degree in law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and belongs to the Senior Corps of Civil State Administrators.

She started her career in 1995 working in the General Directorate of International Economy and in the General Directorate of the Treasury and Financial Policy, both in the Ministry of Economy.

In 1997, she joined the Ministry of Justice where she held several positions and served as Deputy Director until 2004, being responsible for inspection, human resources and financial management.

She has also been Deputy Director of Regulatory Coordination in the Ministry of Economy and in the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration from 2004 to 2014 and General Director for Administrative Organization and Procedures within the Spanish Ministry of Finance and Public Administration from 2014 to 2016.

Sweden

Ms Gunilla NORDLOF

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Ms Gunilla NORDLOF
Ms Gunilla NORDLOF

Director-General, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

Mrs Nordlöf is Chairman of the Swedish E-identification Board, member of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority Board of Director and also member of Government's Council for digital renewal of the public Sweden.

Previously, she was the Head of the Department for Local Government and State Enterprise, Swedish Ministry of Finance and the Head of the Office for Management and Coordination, Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. Mrs Nordlöf holds a Bachelor of Science, Economics from the Stockholm University.

United Kingdom

Mr Graham TURNOCK

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Mr Graham TURNOCK
Mr Graham TURNOCK

Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive

Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive since 2011. He was educated in the UK and in France. He has held a variety of senior roles at HM Treasury, the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Cabinet Office, the Department for Trade and Industry and was seconded to the French administration.