Ms. Ioana Surpateanu is Head Political Adviser responsible for the Working Group on Budget and Structural Policies in the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. She is in charge of coordinating the legislative and parliamentary work of over five Parliamentary Committees as well as with liaising with EU Institutions and Media on issues related to the EU budget and Investment, Regional development, Research & Innovation, EU Structural and Cohesion policies. She was formerly managing the European Neighbourhood (Eastern Europe and South Caucasus) Policy and the Foreign Affairs Committee. Her professional portfolio includes collaborations with various companies from Europe and Middle East. She holds two MA degrees from the University of Bucharest and the University of Tel Aviv respectively and a BA in Political Science and History.