Your Charter Officers in Alphabetical Order

PONTUS DABRINK (Ockelbo, Sweden)

Role: Youth Co-ordination Team

All of this makes us youngsters feel to be part of something big, and makes us believe that we have a chance to make the difference in our municipalities, spreading knowledge to other youngsters about the EU and our projects, and on what the EU is, that is friendship and learning from others’ way of living.

Hi, I’m Pontus!

I am 21 years old, and I come from Ockelbo, Sweden. Currently I work as teacher’s assistant in my municipality, and I am committed in the board of the local ice hockey club, besides being also committed in volunteer work.

I am also a proud member of the YCT and the Charter because I like the way how people get a chance to see other countries, cultures and ways of living and meet new people as well.

 

All of this makes us youngsters feel to be part of something big, and makes us believe that we have a chance to make the difference in our municipalities, spreading knowledge to other youngsters about the EU and our projects, and on what the EU is, that is friendship and learning from others’ way of living.

INGRID DAN (Ibănești, România)

Role: Audit Committee

I was born in Bacău and I currently live in Ibănești.
I graduated from the University of Mathematics and Physics in Iași in 1989 and since then I’m a math teacher. At the university I met my husband and we’ve been living in Ibănești, his hometown, since 1994. We have two daughters, Lavinia and Laura. Starting 2011, I’m director at the Ibănești Schools where I co-ordinate 465 students and 34 teachers. In addition to that, at the community level I’m involved in several cultural and social projects.

My first experience with the Charter was in 2008 when I attended a small meeting in Bièvre, Belgium. Since then, I have been to several meetings and I’ve made many friends all over the place. I think the Charter, with his unique spirit, is an extraordinary connection between us and I’m very honoured to be part of this wonderful community!

NIALL GREGORY (Cashel, Ireland)

Role: Presidium Member, Application Team, Web Master

Hi. I was born in Dublin and moved to Cashel in 1999. Before then, qualified as an archaeologist in Dublin and later with my PhD in Edinburgh in 1997. I started working as an underwater and maritime archaeologist in 1988, before I evolved to all other fields of archaeology.

My specialisation in freshwater prehistoric and historic boats led me to being one of the founding members of Early Water Craft global organisation in Slovenia in 2015. I am also Safety Consultant for public events and festivals.

I have a son working as a Media Analyst and I married my wife, Karen in 2017. We live 3km outside Cashel, with our cats, in the countryside – surrounded by farmland.

I first participated in the Charter in 2008 at the meeting in Lefkara (Cyprus), when I was president of Cashel Chamber of Commerce.

I was immediately blown away by the Charter. I have been very lucky to participate every year since and have attended many meetings. I became Communications Officer for Cashel in 2009 and then served as Charter Web Master from 2014. I am privileged to have made friends throughout Europe as part of our Charter Family.

ADINA GRUIA (Ibănești, România)

Role: Web Co-ordinator

Hi, I’m Adina! It is said – Choose a job you love and you
will never have to work a day in your life
. I believe and feel that this is my case, because my profession – I’m journalist – is also my passion.

I studied Journalism and Communication Sciences at University of Bucharest and I worked for several central press agencies, newspapers and magazines. I wrote articles for Beau Monde, Glamour, Esquire, FHM, Harper’s Bazaar magazines and I am contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler Romania magazine. Currently, I’m focusing on online writing and I am 2nd year student at the Faculty of Economics and Law. I’m also editor for www.ibanesti.ro, the official website of Ibănești Municipality,

FRANK HOLLE (Hepstedt, Germany)

Role: Presidium Member (1st Vice President and Treasurer)

I live in Ottersberg, Germany, between Hamburg and Bremen in Lower Saxony with my wife Christine and our three children JesperGreta and Freda. Not to forget our cat Bo.
From 1999 – 2006 I worked as a lawyer. Since 2006 I’m working as a professional (fulltime) mayor in the Samtgemeinde Tarmstedt with 11.000 inhabitants. Hepstedt is one of eight communities in our Samtgemeinde.
My first experience with the Charter started in Stary Podvorov. I was very impressed! Since 01.08.2014 I am member of the presidium and since 2016 I am the treasurer of the Charter. It’s a nice job – really!

MARKO JOVIĆ (Tisno, Croatia)

Role: Youth Co-ordination Team

Evala!* My name is Marko. I was born in 1993 in then war-torn Croatia, a country that would wait twenty more years to become a rightful member of the European Union. Today, I’m proud of what both my country, and my local community, the Municipality of Tisno,
have achieved since the official accession to this big European family of countries in 2013. And active participation in the Charter of European Communities is for sure one of those things.

In July 2016, I joined Tisno’s delegation for the Charter’s annual meeting in Medzev, Slovakia, after which I became more actively involved in my local community. The latter allowed me to put all the knowledge and skills gained through studying English Language and Literature and Art History at the University of Zadar to use.

So far I have curated several exhibitions of some of Croatia’s most important artists in collaboration with prominent Croatian Art History scholars, translated Art History-related texts, and organized a number of cultural events in the Municipality of Tisno.

After being elected as the first president of the Friends of Europe Tisno Association in December 2018, I also became the first president of Tisno Youth Council established in February 2019.

Both of these positions allowed me to get
better acquainted with the problems and needs of my fellow citizens regardless of their age and social status, and to work on the improvement of life in my local community, which I perceive as a great honor, but also as an even greater responsibility.

My involvement with European matters, projects and meetings in the last couple of years led me to become a member of the Youth Co-ordination Team in late March 2019, which I consider to be a wonderful opportunity to contribute even more to the organisation and community that have definitely widen my horizons, and brought nothing but positive changes in both personal and professional life. Considering the latter, I will give my best for all the current and future members of our Charter family to experience the same, and perhaps join us in building common European future. 

(*Old Dalmatian greeting used when meeting someone)

KARLO KLARIN (Tisno, Croatia)

Role: Application Team Member

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TOMÁŠ KUCHAŘ (Starý Poddvorov, Czech Republic)

Role: Presidium Member

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ZSUZSANNA LUCKÁS (Nagycenk, Hungary)

Role: Presidium Member (2nd Vice-President), Application Team, Youth Co-ordination Team

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NICOLAI RØGE (Næstved, Denmark)

Role: YCT (Youth Co-ordination Team) Member

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ANNETTE SAVIN (Cissé, France)

Role: Presidium Member

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BOY SCHOLTZE (Esch, the Netherlands)

Role: Presidium Member, President

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