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Deputy Director-General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development at the European Commission
Michael Scannell is Deputy Director General in DG Agriculture and Rural Development. He began work in the European Commission in 1991 as an economist in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs. He subsequently worked in the cabinets of Commissioners for Employment and Social Affairs and Health and Food Safety between 1995 and 2002, specializing in public health, agriculture, trade and food safety related issues. He took up a position as Head of Unit in the then DG SANCO in 2002 where he had responsibility for international relations in the food safety and animal health area, notably in the WTO and CODEX. He subsequently took up the position of Director of the Food and Veterinary Office in 2010 where he oversaw audits on safety related issues in the food and medical devices areas. He moved on to the position of Director for International Relations in DG SANTE in 2006 before moving to DG AGRI in 2018 as Director for Markets. In 2019, he was appointed Acting Deputy Director General and was confirmed in this position in July 2020.