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Global Conference on Animal Welfare


Dr. med. vet. Andrea Gavinelli

Since 1999 Andrea Gavinelli has been an administrator at the European Commission in charge of developing European legislation on animal welfare in the framework of the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection. In January 2003, with the creation of a specific sector of the Commission competent for animal welfare legislation and animal identification, he became Head of Sector.

The preparation of the legislation implies wide consultation with experts from the Member States of the European Union and the major stakeholders. He promoted the first web consultation of the Commission on the welfare of transported animals. Prior to his current position, he was in charge of the enforcement of animal welfare legislation and cattle identification in the Italian Ministry of Health, Rome.

Born in 1965, he grew up in Novara, Italy, graduated as a veterinary surgeon at the University of Milan with a thesis on the behaviour of dairy calves during the first 30 days of life and now lives in Brussels, Belgium. He is married with two children. During the last 8 years he has participated in all relevant negotiations in the European Union (Council and European Parliament) in relation to animal welfare legislation.
Andrea has been asked in 2002 to be part of the World Animal Health (OIE) working group on animal welfare entrusted to develop future standards and guidelines to be adopted in the framework of the OIE.

Since 1998 he has been nominated vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for farming purposes.