Lionello Levi Sandri

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Lionello Levi Sandri
European Commissioner for Social Affairs, Personnel and Administration
In office
2 July 1967 – 30 June 1970
President Jean Rey
Preceded by Himself (Social Affairs)
Succeeded by Albert Coppé (Social Affairs, Transport and Budget)
European Commissioner for Social Affairs
In office
8 February 1961 – 2 July 1967
President Walter Hallstein
Preceded by Giuseppe Petrilli
Succeeded by Himself (Social Affairs, Personnel and Administration)
Personal details
Born (1910-10-05)5 October 1910
Milan, Italy
Died 14 April 1991(1991-04-14) (aged 80)
Rome, Italy
Political party Socialist Party

Lionello Levi Sandri (Milan, 5 October 1910 – Rome, 14 April 1991) was an Italian politician and European Commissioner.

Upon completing his education in 1932, Levi Sandri entered a career as a civil servant in the Italian employment administration and was promoted to high-ranking posts at a young age. In 1940 he became a lecturer in industrial law at the University of Rome. In the same year, he served in North Africa in the Second World War. Following the armistice on 8 September 1943 and the related events, however, he chose to join the resistance movement against Benito Mussolini, where he came to lead the partisan formation “Fiamme Verdi” (Green Flames) in the Brescia region.

After the war Levi Sandri became involved in the Italian Socialist Party (PSI). From 1946 to 1950 he was a member of the town council for Brescia. From 1948 he was a member of the party executive committee at a regional level. Moreover, he was the chief of staff in the Italian Ministry for Employment.

He later advocated the formation of the Party of European Socialists.[1]

He was appointed to the first European Commission in December 1960 (or February 1961) as the successor to Giuseppe Petrilli in the Hallstein Commission and was responsible for the Social Affairs portfolio, in addition to overseas states and territories. He supported the equalisation of work and social rights between the EEC states. He continued as a member of the second Hallstein Commission (1962–1967), where he was a Vice-president from 1964, and as a member of the Rey Commission from 1967 to 1970.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Giuseppe Petrilli
Italian European Commissioner
1961–1970
Served alongside: Giuseppe Caron, Guido Colonna di Paliano, Edoardo Martino
Succeeded by
Franco Maria Malfatti
Succeeded by
Altiero Spinelli
European Commissioner for Social Affairs
1961–1967
Succeeded by
Himself
as European Commissioner for Social Affairs, Personnel and Administration
Preceded by
Himself
as European Commissioner for Social Affairs
European Commissioner for Social Affairs, Personnel and Administration
1967–1970
Succeeded by
Albert Coppé
as European Commissioner for Social Affairs, Transport and Budget