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About Permanent Secretariat

The Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community (“the Secretariat”) is an institution set up under the Treaty to provide administrative support to the other institutions of the Transport Community (the Ministerial Council, the Regional Steering Committee, the technical committees and the Social Forum).

The Secretariat acts as Transport Observatory to monitor the performance of the indicative TEN-T extension of the comprehensive and core networks to the Western Balkans and supports the implementation of the Western Balkans Six (WB6) Connectivity Agenda aiming to improve links within the Western Balkans as well as between the region and the European Union.

The Secretariat also reviews the implementation of the obligations under the Treaty.

Matej Zakonjšek
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Matej Zakonjšek

Director

mzakonjsek@transport-community.org

Matej Zakonjšek is an experienced government and private-sector leader dedicated to supporting the integration of Western Balkans’ transport markets into the European Union. He began his career as a diplomatic attaché at the permanent representation of Slovenia to the European Union, focusing on the enlargement process of the EU. During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2008, his focus was the European Union’s relations with Asia and Oceania, including 27 countries and six regional organisations.

Subsequently, Mr Zakonjšek joined the Embassy of Slovenia in London, where he worked on economic and trade cooperation between the United Kingdom and Slovenia. He also assisted the representative of Slovenia to the International Maritime Organization. In 2011, he ventured into the private sector as General Manager for the Indian multinational CKGS, initially based in London, overseeing the European region, and later in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he was responsible for the Middle East and North Africa markets.

Returning to Slovenia in 2014, Mr Zakonjšek joined the Cabinet of Prime Minister Miro Cerar as a Foreign Trade and Cooperation Advisor. In 2015 he was appointed Head of Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Transport. In this role, he led and organised the cabinet, supporting the Commissioner in formulating, communicating, and implementing EU transport policy.

In December 2019, Mr Zakonjšek joined the European Commission’s Directorate for Mobility and Transport, focusing on the EU’s transport relations with the countries of the Western Balkans. Following a positive opinion from the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, he was appointed the first Director of the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat on 6 July 2020.

Based on the proposal of the European Commission and following the positive opinion of the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, the Regional Steering Committee has decided to renew Mr Zakonjšek’s mandate for a period of three years, starting from August 2023.

matej zakonjsek tct
Matej Zakonjšek
matej zakonjsek tct

Matej Zakonjšek

Director

mzakonjsek@transport-community.org

Matej Zakonjšek is an experienced government and private-sector leader dedicated to supporting the integration of Western Balkans’ transport markets into the European Union. He began his career as a diplomatic attaché at the permanent representation of Slovenia to the European Union, focusing on the enlargement process of the EU. During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2008, his focus was the European Union’s relations with Asia and Oceania, including 27 countries and six regional organisations.

Subsequently, Mr Zakonjšek joined the Embassy of Slovenia in London, where he worked on economic and trade cooperation between the United Kingdom and Slovenia. He also assisted the representative of Slovenia to the International Maritime Organization. In 2011, he ventured into the private sector as General Manager for the Indian multinational CKGS, initially based in London, overseeing the European region, and later in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he was responsible for the Middle East and North Africa markets.

Returning to Slovenia in 2014, Mr Zakonjšek joined the Cabinet of Prime Minister Miro Cerar as a Foreign Trade and Cooperation Advisor. In 2015 he was appointed Head of Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Transport. In this role, he led and organised the cabinet, supporting the Commissioner in formulating, communicating, and implementing EU transport policy.

In December 2019, Mr Zakonjšek joined the European Commission’s Directorate for Mobility and Transport, focusing on the EU’s transport relations with the countries of the Western Balkans. Following a positive opinion from the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, he was appointed the first Director of the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat on 6 July 2020.

Based on the proposal of the European Commission and following the positive opinion of the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, the Regional Steering Committee has decided to renew Mr Zakonjšek’s mandate for a period of three years, starting from August 2023.

Matej Zakonjšek
matej zakonjsek tct

Matej Zakonjšek

Director

mzakonjsek@transport-community.org

Matej Zakonjšek is an experienced government and private-sector leader dedicated to supporting the integration of Western Balkans’ transport markets into the European Union. He began his career as a diplomatic attaché at the permanent representation of Slovenia to the European Union, focusing on the enlargement process of the EU. During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2008, his focus was the European Union’s relations with Asia and Oceania, including 27 countries and six regional organisations.

Subsequently, Mr Zakonjšek joined the Embassy of Slovenia in London, where he worked on economic and trade cooperation between the United Kingdom and Slovenia. He also assisted the representative of Slovenia to the International Maritime Organization. In 2011, he ventured into the private sector as General Manager for the Indian multinational CKGS, initially based in London, overseeing the European region, and later in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he was responsible for the Middle East and North Africa markets.

Returning to Slovenia in 2014, Mr Zakonjšek joined the Cabinet of Prime Minister Miro Cerar as a Foreign Trade and Cooperation Advisor. In 2015 he was appointed Head of Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Transport. In this role, he led and organised the cabinet, supporting the Commissioner in formulating, communicating, and implementing EU transport policy.

In December 2019, Mr Zakonjšek joined the European Commission’s Directorate for Mobility and Transport, focusing on the EU’s transport relations with the countries of the Western Balkans. Following a positive opinion from the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, he was appointed the first Director of the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat on 6 July 2020.

Based on the proposal of the European Commission and following the positive opinion of the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, the Regional Steering Committee has decided to renew Mr Zakonjšek’s mandate for a period of three years, starting from August 2023.

Matej Zakonjšek
matej zakonjsek tct

Matej Zakonjšek

Director

mzakonjsek@transport-community.org

Matej Zakonjšek is an experienced government and private-sector leader dedicated to supporting the integration of Western Balkans’ transport markets into the European Union. He began his career as a diplomatic attaché at the permanent representation of Slovenia to the European Union, focusing on the enlargement process of the EU. During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2008, his focus was the European Union’s relations with Asia and Oceania, including 27 countries and six regional organisations.

Subsequently, Mr Zakonjšek joined the Embassy of Slovenia in London, where he worked on economic and trade cooperation between the United Kingdom and Slovenia. He also assisted the representative of Slovenia to the International Maritime Organization. In 2011, he ventured into the private sector as General Manager for the Indian multinational CKGS, initially based in London, overseeing the European region, and later in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he was responsible for the Middle East and North Africa markets.

Returning to Slovenia in 2014, Mr Zakonjšek joined the Cabinet of Prime Minister Miro Cerar as a Foreign Trade and Cooperation Advisor. In 2015 he was appointed Head of Cabinet for the EU Commissioner for Transport. In this role, he led and organised the cabinet, supporting the Commissioner in formulating, communicating, and implementing EU transport policy.

In December 2019, Mr Zakonjšek joined the European Commission’s Directorate for Mobility and Transport, focusing on the EU’s transport relations with the countries of the Western Balkans. Following a positive opinion from the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, he was appointed the first Director of the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat on 6 July 2020.

Based on the proposal of the European Commission and following the positive opinion of the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, the Regional Steering Committee has decided to renew Mr Zakonjšek’s mandate for a period of three years, starting from August 2023.

Ljuba Siljanoska
ljuba siljanoska

Ljuba Siljanoska

Deputy Director

ljsiljanoska@transport-community.org

Ms Ljuba Siljanoska has accumulated over 23 years of experience working in national and international settings, with a specific focus on the transport sector development for 12 years. Her expertise in EU pre-accession assistance has enabled her to actively support the national EU accession process, particularly in the transport portfolio.

Ms Siljanoska commenced her professional career at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung office in Skopje, where she worked on various political education and leadership programs. These programs aimed to advocate EU values, democracy, the rule of law, media freedom, and a social market economy, while also promoting talented students and individuals to assume leadership roles in society.

Later, she joined the Governmental Secretariat for European Affairs, where she continued her work on the European integration process, with coordination and support of state administration authorities in the light of preparing the country for EU membership and particular focus on modernisation of the public service in line with the EU standards and utilisation of EU grant funding to support the country’s overall integration process.

Moving forward, Ms Siljanoska’s professional engagement led her to the Ministry of Transport and Communication, where she was part of the transport strategic planning and managing EU pre-accession assistance in the transport sector.

Throughout her career, she has fostered strong working relationships with stakeholders in South East Europe and the European Union. These networks have provided her with valuable insights and a comprehensive understanding of the regional context of the Western Balkans and the European Union integration process.

Due to her extensive experience and expertise, Ms. Siljanoska was appointed as Deputy Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community Treaty in Belgrade, Serbia, by the Regional Steering Committee on 6 July 2020.

Based on the proposal of the European Commission and following the positive opinion of the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, the Regional Steering Committee has decided to renew Ms Siljanoska’s mandate for a period of three years, starting from September 2023.

ljuba siljanoska
Ljuba Siljanoska
ljuba siljanoska

Ljuba Siljanoska

Deputy Director

ljsiljanoska@transport-community.org

Ms Ljuba Siljanoska has accumulated over 23 years of experience working in national and international settings, with a specific focus on the transport sector development for 12 years. Her expertise in EU pre-accession assistance has enabled her to actively support the national EU accession process, particularly in the transport portfolio.

Ms Siljanoska commenced her professional career at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung office in Skopje, where she worked on various political education and leadership programs. These programs aimed to advocate EU values, democracy, the rule of law, media freedom, and a social market economy, while also promoting talented students and individuals to assume leadership roles in society.

Later, she joined the Governmental Secretariat for European Affairs, where she continued her work on the European integration process, with coordination and support of state administration authorities in the light of preparing the country for EU membership and particular focus on modernisation of the public service in line with the EU standards and utilisation of EU grant funding to support the country’s overall integration process.

Moving forward, Ms Siljanoska’s professional engagement led her to the Ministry of Transport and Communication, where she was part of the transport strategic planning and managing EU pre-accession assistance in the transport sector.

Throughout her career, she has fostered strong working relationships with stakeholders in South East Europe and the European Union. These networks have provided her with valuable insights and a comprehensive understanding of the regional context of the Western Balkans and the European Union integration process.

Due to her extensive experience and expertise, Ms. Siljanoska was appointed as Deputy Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community Treaty in Belgrade, Serbia, by the Regional Steering Committee on 6 July 2020.

Based on the proposal of the European Commission and following the positive opinion of the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, the Regional Steering Committee has decided to renew Ms Siljanoska’s mandate for a period of three years, starting from September 2023.

Ljuba Siljanoska
ljuba siljanoska

Ljuba Siljanoska

Deputy Director

ljsiljanoska@transport-community.org

Ms Ljuba Siljanoska has accumulated over 23 years of experience working in national and international settings, with a specific focus on the transport sector development for 12 years. Her expertise in EU pre-accession assistance has enabled her to actively support the national EU accession process, particularly in the transport portfolio.

Ms Siljanoska commenced her professional career at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung office in Skopje, where she worked on various political education and leadership programs. These programs aimed to advocate EU values, democracy, the rule of law, media freedom, and a social market economy, while also promoting talented students and individuals to assume leadership roles in society.

Later, she joined the Governmental Secretariat for European Affairs, where she continued her work on the European integration process, with coordination and support of state administration authorities in the light of preparing the country for EU membership and particular focus on modernisation of the public service in line with the EU standards and utilisation of EU grant funding to support the country’s overall integration process.

Moving forward, Ms Siljanoska’s professional engagement led her to the Ministry of Transport and Communication, where she was part of the transport strategic planning and managing EU pre-accession assistance in the transport sector.

Throughout her career, she has fostered strong working relationships with stakeholders in South East Europe and the European Union. These networks have provided her with valuable insights and a comprehensive understanding of the regional context of the Western Balkans and the European Union integration process.

Due to her extensive experience and expertise, Ms. Siljanoska was appointed as Deputy Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community Treaty in Belgrade, Serbia, by the Regional Steering Committee on 6 July 2020.

Based on the proposal of the European Commission and following the positive opinion of the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, the Regional Steering Committee has decided to renew Ms Siljanoska’s mandate for a period of three years, starting from September 2023.

Ljuba Siljanoska
ljuba siljanoska

Ljuba Siljanoska

Deputy Director

ljsiljanoska@transport-community.org

Ms Ljuba Siljanoska has accumulated over 23 years of experience working in national and international settings, with a specific focus on the transport sector development for 12 years. Her expertise in EU pre-accession assistance has enabled her to actively support the national EU accession process, particularly in the transport portfolio.

Ms Siljanoska commenced her professional career at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung office in Skopje, where she worked on various political education and leadership programs. These programs aimed to advocate EU values, democracy, the rule of law, media freedom, and a social market economy, while also promoting talented students and individuals to assume leadership roles in society.

Later, she joined the Governmental Secretariat for European Affairs, where she continued her work on the European integration process, with coordination and support of state administration authorities in the light of preparing the country for EU membership and particular focus on modernisation of the public service in line with the EU standards and utilisation of EU grant funding to support the country’s overall integration process.

Moving forward, Ms Siljanoska’s professional engagement led her to the Ministry of Transport and Communication, where she was part of the transport strategic planning and managing EU pre-accession assistance in the transport sector.

Throughout her career, she has fostered strong working relationships with stakeholders in South East Europe and the European Union. These networks have provided her with valuable insights and a comprehensive understanding of the regional context of the Western Balkans and the European Union integration process.

Due to her extensive experience and expertise, Ms. Siljanoska was appointed as Deputy Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community Treaty in Belgrade, Serbia, by the Regional Steering Committee on 6 July 2020.

Based on the proposal of the European Commission and following the positive opinion of the Ministerial Council of the Transport Community, the Regional Steering Committee has decided to renew Ms Siljanoska’s mandate for a period of three years, starting from September 2023.

albert kolgeci

Albert Kolgeci

Head of Division in charge of Transposition and Implementation of the EU Acquis

tatjana jovanovic stiglic

Tatjana Jovanović Štiglić

Head of Division in charge of Project Preparation and Financing

martina hakl

Martina Hakl

Desk Officer for Social and Environmental Issues

kire dimanoski

Kire Dimanoski

Rail Officer

jordana ficovic

Jordana Fićović

Human Resources and Administration Desk Officer

Milan-Dokic

Milan Đokić

Administrative Assistant

Iva Bošnjaković-1

Iva Bošnjaković

Assistant to the Director & Deputy Director

Petrit Ibrahimi

Petrit Ibrahimi

Financial and Accounting Officer

Argita Totozani

Argita Totozani

Project Implementation Unit Financial and Accounting Desk Officer

monica stanciu

Monica Stanciu

Desk Officer for Transport of Dangerous Goods

nikola ristic

Nikola Ristić

Communication Officer

mircea tenovici

Mircea Țenovici

Head of Project Implementation Unit (PIU)

elson thana

Elson Thana

Desk Officer for Waterborne Transport

tamara raskovic

Tamara Rašković

Administrative Assistant

Nedim Begović

Nedim Begović

Green/Multimodal/Innovative transport solutions Desk Officer

mate djordjievski

Mate Gjorgjievski

Desk Officer for Transport Facilitation

branka markovic 1

Branka Marković

Project Assistant to the Observing Participants through the EU-funded project

dejan lasica1

Dejan Lasica

Rail Policy Coordinator

nerejda hoxha

Nerejda Hoxha

Road Coordinator

liljana cela

Liljana Çela

Desk Officer for Road Safety