My CBC Story – Valentina Chaplinskaya

Project expert
Branch office, Russia
South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020

Valentina has worked in the Programme’s Russian branch office from the beginning of the current programming period, and beyond. She is one of the team’s most experienced member having worked also in the Russian branch during the ENPI CBC 2007-2013, from 2011 onwards. Valentina’s journey to the cross-border cooperation between Finland and Russia has gone through few positions of project specialist and several years in European delegations to Russia.

What is most rewarding in cross-border cooperation?

” Work with CBC projects give me an opportunity to see how people from different countries with different cultural background build trust and partnership to make things together for the benefit of local communities; be it a school cooperation in environmental protection and education or building business cooperation jointly using high-tech know how. I enjoy working in a multicultural environment and I do love to see how these projects contribute to sustainability of our cross-border region “, says Valentina.

In the CBC 2014-2020 Programme her tasks include sharing information of the funding opportunities and the programme implementation as well as supporting projects in their work, particularly the large infrastructure projects. Beneficiaries may meet Valentina also during the project monitoring missions and on-site visits where her skilled observations support the partners to improve their performances.

Having good knowledge on Russian legislation, programme regulations and long-term stakeholder and project -networks she brings highly valued support also to the programme management. As the native Russian speaker and with good command in English she is one of the cornerstones of the SEFR CBC team and known for her passion for culture and art. 

Editor: Sari Loisa