Olena Zerkal - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for the European Integration
Born on June 24, 1973 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
In 1998 Kyiv graduated from National Taras Shevchenko University, Law Department, Master of Law. In 2008 graduated from the Institute for International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Master of International economic relations.
In 2003 studied at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, “New Issues in Security Policy” training course.
In 2002-2005 attended TACIS Project “Legal Training in Ukraine: Kyiv and Selected Regions” – Educational program on EU Law” at the Institute for International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University.
2001 – 2005 – Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Director of Department of International Law
2005 – 2011 – Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Director of State Department on Approximation of Legislation.
2011 – 2013 – Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Director of Department on Liaison with State Authorities.
While in the Ministry of Justice, participated in a number of multi – and bilateral negotiations, i.a. in all rounds of negotiations between Ukraine and the EU on Association Agreement including free trade agreement, agreement on common aviation area, agreement on accession to the Energy Community, agreement of visa facilitation, etc. Was a member of a number of Ukraine’s delegations at the negotiations with the EU, UN, NATO and Council of Europe. Was responsible for overall coordination and planning the activities in the sphere of approximation of Ukrainian legislation to the EU standards, legal translation and expertise of draft laws, as well as cooperation with the EU in the spheres of justice, freedom and security etc.
2013 – 2014 – Senior Corporate Affairs Manager, British American Tobacco, Pryluki, Ukraine.
08.2014 – appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for the European Integration.
State official of the 3-rd rank. In August, 2009, awarded honorary rank “Distinguished Lawyer of Ukraine”. Awarded Honorable Certificate of Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine.
Author of the Ukrainian methodology of approximation of Ukrainian legislation to the EU standards, author of a number of research works on comparative analysis of Ukrainian legislation.
Speaks English. Has basic knowledge of French.
Has two sons.
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