Head of Secretariat

Desislava Gotskova

Ms. Gotskova was selected as the Head of Secretariat at the 34th RAI Steering Group Meeting held on April 28, 2021.

Ms. Gotskova holds a Master Degree in Law from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria and a Master Degree in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ms. Gotskova has a thorough knowledge and extensive experience in international cooperation in judicial and police matters and in anti-corruption policy, strategic and action plan development..

Prior joining the RAI, Ms Gotskova worked at the Bulgarian Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture (CIAF), now Anti-corruption Commission; EUROPOL and the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice. While at Europol, she was involved in national and international asset recovery investigations linked to corruption and organized crime, supported the CARIN Secretariat and the Asset Recovery Offices (AROs) Platform in coordinating their activities and maintaining close liaison with the relevant stakeholders and partners such as UNODC/WB StAR Initiative; Council of Europe, APEC Anti-corruption and Transparency Working Group, etc. In 2018, she was appointed by the Minister of Justice to chair COPEN Working Group on the proposal for a regulation on the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. As a Chair of the Working Group, she represented the Council of the EU at the negotiations on the proposal of the regulation with the European Parliament and the European Commission. 

In the February 2019 – March 2021, Ms. Gotskova was a project manager of the regional project “Strengthening anticorruption in the South East Europe through improving asset seizure measures”, implemented by RAI Secretariat in cooperation with AIRE Centre. This engagement enabled her to get familiar with the political, social, economic and security landscape of the SEE region and has given her a broad overview and understanding of practical issues and problems related to anticorruption policies and mechanisms both on national and regional level.

Responsibilities

According to the Terms of References for RAI Secretariat, the Head of Secretariat provides leadership and sets the direction of RAI Secretariat’s strategic and policy development. S/he represents the Secretariat and promotes the achievements of RAI and its member states. S/he has the executive authority for Secretariat’s operations and programmes. The incumbent is a core member of the Secretariat and reports to and maintains open communication with RAI Steering Group and the Chairperson.

E-mail address: dgotskova@rai-see.org

Former Heads of Secretariat

2017-2021: Vladan Joksimovic
2013-2016: Radu Cotici