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Pirkka TAPIOLA Ambassador and Head of Delegation, The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Chisinau

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 Prior to taking up duty in Chisinau, in September 2013, Ambassador Tapiola worked as Senior Adviser on Eastern Europe in the Strategic Planning Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS). From 2004 to 2009, he was Senior Adviser for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in the Policy Unit of the then EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Dr Javier Solana. Ambassador Tapiola's background is as a career member of the Finnish Diplomatic Service. His past assignments have included Deputy Head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Latvia, Deputy Head of Mission of the Finnish Embassy to Thailand (also accredited to Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos), and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Finland in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ambassador Tapiola holds a Masters Degree in Political Science/International Relations from the University of Helsinki.