Chairman of the European Foundation for the Rights of the Living World (EFRLW) and administrator of the Belgian association Planète-Vie
José-Javier Paniagua is currently Chairman of the European Foundation for the Rights of the Living World (EFRLW). He's also administrator of the Belgian association « Planète-Vie ». Both associations work in favour of animal welfare and rights.
The EFRMW is a Belgium Public interest Foundation whose main goal is to "promote at European and global level a world where the human species live in harmony with Nature and where the rights and dignity of animals and ecosystems in general are fully recognized and respected; a world where humans interact in the ecosystem respecting natural laws and the principle of the interdependence of all living things."
Among the activities pursued by the Foundation it has to be mentionned : « to improve animal welfare at European and international level, either through a more ambitious conventional or legislative framework in terms of animal welfare and respect, or by promoting a legal personality with the recognition of individual rights. »
He's also consultant for several political parties in the field of animal welfare and rights. Mr Paniagua has been in charge of different Units at the European Commission in the field of sustainable development.
He also worked as a lawyer and taught in several Spanish universities. He's currently teaching a Master degree of International Relations. He's living in Belgium for over twenty years.
As the current Chairman of the EFRLW he strongly supports any initiative to improve the protection framework of animal welfare at both national and international scale. More specificaly he's encouraging the Foundation Board to become an active partner of UNCAHP, the global far-reaching project of GAL calling upon the UN to adopt a convention on animal protection.