EUAM Ukraine - For Civilian Security Sector reform
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Kęstutis Lančinskas, Head of Mission

Kęstutis Lančinskas, from Lithuania, is a graduate of the University of Vilnius with a Masters in Criminal Law and almost three decades of professional experience in policing, diplomacy and European integration. In his home country he was involved at a senior level in major reforms, including preparations for EU accession in 2004 and entry into the EU’s border-free Schengen area in 2007.

From January 2009 to January 2016, he served as the Chief of the Vilnius County Police, where he had direct responsibility for the tasks of over 3,000 police officers, representing almost a third of Lithuania’s total of 10,000 officers. 

As Deputy Police Commissioner General in Lithuania between June 2005 and January 2009, he was in charge of implementing the requirements of the Schengen agreement and served as Lithuania’s representative on the Europol Management Board. Prior to that, he served as the Head of the International Cooperation and European Integration Service of the Lithuanian Police from October 1998 to June 2005, where he was responsible for international police cooperation, European integration, implementing EU Justice and Home Affairs legislation in the run up to Lithuania’s EU accession as well as planning Lithuania’s participation in peacekeeping missions.   

Mr Lančinskas started his career as a police investigator followed by a period in the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served as First Secretary of the Embassy of Lithuania in Tel-Aviv, Israel and First Secretary of the Embassy of Lithuania in Riga, Latvia.

In addition to Lithuanian, Mr Lančinskas is also fluent in English and Russian. 

Joëlle Vachter, Deputy Head of Mission

Ms Vachter is a French colonel with an educational background in Law and Public Administration. She has a long professional career in the French police and military. Prior to joining EUAM, Ms Vachter was the Deputy Head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) for over three years, and prior to that the Head of the Crisis Management Office with the Ministry of Internal Affairs in France.

She has a total of over 25 years of experience serving with the French Police, in Albania with the Multinational Advisory Police Element, and in Kosovo with KFOR and EULEX. During her career, Ms Vachter was also posted to Germany and the Ivory Coast, and worked for three years in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations as staff officer, responsible for the deployment of special police units to Kosovo and East Timor.

Udo Möller, Head of Operations

With more than 45 years of experience in police work, Udo Möller has served as a senior police officer in Germany as well as in various peacekeeping and international capacity-building missions. During his career, he has gained extensive experience in strategic and operational policing in conflict and post-conflict environments.  

His national career started in 1970 as a patrol officer in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, where he would eventually become Chief of Police. He served as Deputy Head of Mission at the EU Support to the African Union Mission (Darfur), Head of Police at EULEX in Kosovo, and as principal and senior adviser and project manager for various EU and UN peacekeeping missions.

Mr Möller also had a part-time political career between 1989 and 2006, enjoying roles as a member of regional parliament, member of county parliament and Chairman of a governing body of the Municipality Bank Institute for five years.

Before being appointed Head of Operations at EUAM Ukraine in August 2016, Mr Möller served as both Head of the Regional Outreach Component and as Head of the Law-Enforcement Component in the Mission. He led the Enhanced Regional Outreach Team that in 2015 created the ‘Sambir Police Project’ in the Lviv Region, which had the objective of building the trust of Ukrainian citizens in the police outside of the largest cities.

Peter Bach, Chief of Staff

Peter Bach is a Danish national with over 20 years of international experience in Rule of Law, Project Management, and Crisis Management. He has worked for various international organisations, including the OSCE (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia), Office of the High Representative (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the European Agency for Reconstruction (Serbia), and within UNOPS and EULEX in Kosovo.
Mr Bach has significant experience with EU donor assistance programmes, especially in the Rule of Law sector. Before joining EUAM Ukraine as the Chief of Staff, Mr Bach was the Head of the Strengthening Division within EULEX Kosovo, responsible for the Mission’s monitoring, mentoring and advising (MMA) obligations towards local authorities, which included Kosovos justice sector and law-enforcement institutions.
Peter Bach holds a law degree from Copenhagen University and an LL.M from American University, Washington College of Law, Washington DC, USA. Prior to working internationally, Mr Bach was an attorney in Denmark for 10 years. He is admitted to the Danish Supreme Court.