PROJECT OFFICE IN BELGRADE
Dr. Fotis Fitsilis
Resident Twinning Adviser
Dr. Fotis Fitsilis studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Technology in Aachen, Germany. After his Diploma he worked as a research engineer at the Research Center in Jülich, Germany. Additionally, Dr. Fitsilis studied economics at the University of Hagen, Germany, and obtained a Diploma in Financial Engineering.
From 2004 to 2007, he worked as a Special Adviser on industry matters to the Minister of Development. During this time, he was a member of several legislative committees. Moreover, he was closely monitoring the parliamentary activities and the intergovernmental relations of the Ministry.
Since 2007, he works at the Hellenic Parliament; initially as a Scientific Adviser of the Speaker of the Parliament and, since 2009, as Head of Department for Scientific Documentation and Supervision. During the past years he had a central planning role in the organizational restructuring of the Parliament.
Ms. Aleksandra Plazinić
Aleksandra Plazinić holds a Master degree in Advanced European studies and International relations from European Institute, obtained in France and Germany, and a Master degree in International Marketing and Management from Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. Ms Plazinić gained her professional experience within European Union Delegation in Serbia and management consulting companies in Austria and Serbia. She has broad international experience and speaks English, French, German and Spanish.
Dr. Vasilios Svolopoulos
Project Leader and Component Leader 2
Dr Vasilios Svolopoulos holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from New York University, a Master’s Degree in Teaching Physics with computer simulations and a BS Degree in Physics.
He served as a Director of the Special Secretariat Office to the President of the Hellenic Parliament (2004 – 2006). Simultaneously, he monitored the external projects funded by the Parliament. Today, as a Coordinator of European Programs Implementation Service, Dr. Svolopoulos quickly managed to initiate numerous projects certified by ISO, cooperate with Independent Authorities and produce a Strategic and Operational Plan for the Hellenic Parliament in 2007.
Since 2001, he has been an Adviser-Professor at the Hellenic Open University, where he teaches research methodology. He has an extensive experience with the framework of all CSF funds for Greece starting with the 2nd of 1996 – 2000 until today. Therefore, he acquired broad experience in all aspects of EU procedures from project planning, management, monitoring and assessment.
Mr. Dimitris Koryzis
Mr. Dimitris Koryzis is an expert in Procurement & Contract Management for European funded projects in the European Programs Implementation Service of the Hellenic Parliament. Furthermore, he excels in the development and realization, business planning, project management and production engineering case studies. He has participated as project manager, project coordinator, researcher and consultant in more than 40 national and international projects. He has 9 publications presented in international conferences and was responsible for 1 book publication.
Mr. Xenophon Paparrigopoulos
Component Leader 1
Mr. Paparrigopoulos holds a PhD in Law from Harvard Law School. Since 1998, he has worked in the Hellenic Parliament as a legal professional, carrying out responsibilities in Review of draft laws and bills, Constitutionality review of legislation, Conformity with EU law and acquis communautaire. He has strong experience in conducting comparative studies aiming at improving the legislative procedure for a more effective legal approximation. Since 1995 he teaches at the University of Thessaly, Volos (Greece).
Ms. Eleni Kanellopoulou
Component Leader 4
Ms Kanellopoulou has worked since 2004 as Special Scientific Associate
in the Hellenic Parliament. Her main responsibilities regard the drafting of reports on submitted bills regarding their compatibility with the Constitution, European Union legislation, International Conventions
and Jurisdiction, before the bills are debated and voted in the plenum. Ms. Eleni Kanellopoulou has a Master’s Degree in European Community Law from University of Essex.
Mr. Athanasios Pallikaris
Component Leader 3
Mr. Pallikaris worked as the Administration Officer of the Parliamentary Group from 1990 to 2008 carrying out responsibilities in Design and preparation of legislative texts, preparation of documents to the Parliament, handling of Parliamentary Group contacts with the Services of Parliament. Since 2010 he has been a Deputy Head Officer of the Accounting Department of the Hellenic Parliament. Mr. Pallikaris has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.
Mr. Panos Kouanis
Component Leader 5
Mr. Kounanis has extensive experience in all aspects of the Audiovisual industry including film and television production, distribution and sales, broadcasting and the electronic commerce field. He is the the Finance & New Media Manager at the Hellenic Parliament Television and Radio Station (from 2002). He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Athens, School of Economic Sciences, in the marketing of audiovisual programs. Moreover, he holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Broadcasting and Film from the College of Communication of Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics from the University of Athens.
This project is funded by the European Union