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Election of the Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Dr Monique Eloit, following her election this morning, will take over as Director General of the OIE from 1 January 2016 for a five-year term of office.

Dr Monique Eloit, presenting her programme to the World Assembly of OIE Delegates.

Paris, 26 May 2015 – This morning, the national Delegates representing the Member Countries of the OIE proceeded to elect the new Director General by secret vote in accordance with the rule “one country, one vote”.

Dr Monique Eloit, the candidate for France and the Member States of the European Union, was elected for a five-year term of office (2016-2020).

After three consecutive terms of office as Director General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat will pass the baton to the current Deputy Director General on 1 January 2016, who will then implement the Sixth Strategic Plan, which coincides with her term of office. Based at the OIE Headquarters in Paris, Dr Eloit will shape the destiny of the Organisation and manage the teams working at the Headquarters and existing 13 regional and Sub-Regional Offices.

During the last fifteen years under his leadership, Dr Vallat has helped to extend the Organisation’s mandate to include animal welfare, while consolidating its activities in the fields of animal health and animal production food safety. He has participated effectively in the management of global crisis (influenza, foot and mouth disease). He has also encouraged the OIE to involve itself in several new fields of activity aimed at improving and strengthening the governance of Veterinary Services, and to develop a number of innovative programmes. Some major achievements and milestones should be noted:

  • The substantial increase in the number of Member Countries, Regional Offices and global scientific Reference Centres, and in the OIE’s annual budget
  • The creation of the OIE World Animal Health and Welfare Fund (2004) and the establishment of numerous partnerships with the private sector
  • The development of closer operational links between the OIE and the Codex Alimentarius Commission
  • A catalogue of scientific publications of excellence
  • The modernisation of animal health information dissemination, with the creation of the World Animal Health Information System, WAHIS (2007)
  • The establishment of the PVS Pathway (‘Performance of Veterinary Services’) (2006)
  • The signing of a tripartite alliance with WHO and FAO to put into practice the ‘One Health’ concept (2011)
  • The participation in the creation of the “Livestock Global Alliance”
  • A global harmonisation programme of the curricula of veterinary education
  • The development of the concept of Laboratory Twinning
  • The establishment of national Focal Points and the implementation of regional training programmes designed for them
  • An essential contribution to the eradication of Rinderpest and the launching of global control of peste des petits ruminants and foot and mouth disease.

Following the election of his successor, Dr Vallat offered warm words of encouragement to the newly elected Director General. “Dr Monique Eloit was already working alongside me when I was Chief Veterinary Officer of France in the 1990s, and she joined me at the OIE in 2009 as Deputy Director General. I have every confidence in her ability to carry on the task developing and strengthening this Organisation, with the collaboration of all, national Delegates, partner organisations and those involved in animal health and public health, throughout the world
• to promote excellence, transparency and solidarity
• to implement the mandate we have been given, namely
protecting animals, preserving our future.

Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General since 2000, congratulating Dr Monique Eloit, incoming Director General, elected this morning for a five-year mandate (2016-2020).

Dr Monique Eloit will be the seventh Director General of the OIE. A veterinary doctor and General Inspector of Veterinary Public Health (France), she was successively Director to the Director General of the French Food Safety Agency (Afssa), then Chief Veterinary Officer and Delegate of France to the OIE, before being appointed Deputy Director General of the OIE, in charge of administration, management, human resources and regional actions.

During these past fifteen years, the OIE has considerably developed and diversified to adapt to new global health issues and changes in the Veterinary Services. The OIE’s legitimacy has been strengthened on the international stage. Its standards are the reference in the field of animal disease prevention and control and for animal welfare, and are recognised as such by the World Trade Organization (WTO),” declared Dr Monique Eloit after her election.

"I shall endeavour to enhance the visibility and the performance of the OIE, on the one hand by strengthening the control of animal diseases, including zoonoses, with the involvement of the Delegates, and on the other hand by developing new partnerships and collaborations in the field of public health and food safety.
I shall accord a higher level of priority to the health status of farmed animals, both to protect health and to support the socio-economic development of the animal production sector

The new members of all the OIE’s governance bodies, namely the Council, the Regional Commissions and the four Specialist Commissions are also due to be elected before the end of the General Session.

For more information


Wednesday 27 May from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

Dr Bernard Vallat, Dr Monique Eloit, Deputy Director General, and the President of the World Assembly of Delegates, Dr Karin Schwabenbauer, will be available to discuss with journalists and answer their questions on subjects dealt with during the General Session and other topical issues.