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Dr. Lorenzo Terzi is born in 1958 in Bologna, Italy.

1982 – Graduated cum laude in veterinary medicine, University of Bologna.

1991 – Postgraduate masters degree in food hygiene, University of Pisa.

1983 – 1984 – Veterinary Officer, Italian Army.

1985 – 1988 – Meat Industry

1988 – 1994 – Local Health Services (Region Emilia-Romagna/Italy) – Official Veterinarian, Meat Inspection.

1993 – Succeeds in open public competition COM/A/762.

1994 – Onwards – European Union (EU) Commission – Directorate General for Health and Consumers (now Health and Food Safety) Brussels, Belgium.

As an EU official he has been working, always in DG Health and Food Safety matters, a.o. for 5 years in the Food and Veterinary Office where he coordinated for three years the group of inspectors responsible for fishery products and bivalve molluscs; in 2002 he started in the Unit responsible for the international relations concerning Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues he managed the relations with the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

From June 2006 to September 2010 he has been assistant to the Deputy Director General responsible for the whole Food Chain, including animal health, public health/food safety, animal welfare and plant health.

From October 2010 to March 2011 he has been Adviser to the Director for Animal Health and Welfare.

From April 2012 to January 2016 he has been Head of the Unit responsible for the International Relations (Bilateral) in the SPS Area, responsible for the management of the import and export of products of animal and plant origin.

He has been Chief Negotiator for the Chapter on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the Free Trade Agreements negotiated by the European Union (EU/Canada CETA, EU/US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), EU/Japan FTA.

He has been the EU/Co-Chair for Sanitary and Phytosanitary Committees for the bilateral agreements concluded by the European Union (New Zealand, Canada, USA, South Korea, Switzerland, Chile, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia).

From February 2016 to August 2017 he has been Head of Unit D1 – Science, Stakeholders, Enforcement and Better Training for Safer Food.

As from September 2017 he is Minister Counselor for Health and Food Safety in the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

As from June 2012 he is lecturer professor by the Università degli Studi di Padova, Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, for the course “The legislation governing food production in Europe – Food Safety and Public Health” (joint programme with the Texas A & M University, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, College Station, Texas; Colorado State University (Colorado – USA); Kansas University (Kansas – USA); Penn University (Pennsylvania – USA); Sydney University (Australia).