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Paola Testori Coggi

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Paola Testori Coggi

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Former Director General Health and Consumers of the European Commission

Paola Testori Coggi has been Director General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission from April 2010 to October 2014.

Since 2000, as Director for the Safety of the food chain, she has been responsible for the White Paper on food safety and the legislative action programme as well as the management of emergencies.

She was previously Advisor for consumer health of Commissioner Emma Bonino and she worked on the definition of the new EU policy on consumer health after the food safety crisis.

Paola Testori Coggi joined the European Commission in 1983 and worked in DG Environment on dangerous chemicals and industrial risks. Afterwards, she served as Member responsible for the research programmes on life sciences, environment and energy in the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Filippo Maria Pandolfi.

Paola Testori Coggi is a biologist from the University of Milan, Italy, with a Master degree in Ecotoxicology. In 2008 she received a Doctor Honoris Causa in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cluj, Romania.

Paola Testori Coggi has been Member of the Management Boards of the European Medicines Agency and the European Food Safety Authority.