European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
The Commissioner for Health and Food Safety is the member of the European Commission. The current post of Commissioner is held by Vytenis Andriukaitis (Lithuania). The portfolio is responsible for matters of public health, food safety, animal health and plant health.
Markos Kyprianou was appointed to the Barroso Commission as European Commissioner for Health & Consumer Protection; however, with the accession of Bulgaria on 1 January 2007, the Consumer Protect portfolio was split off and given to Meglena Kuneva (See: European Commissioner for Consumer Protection). The post's Directorate-General is still merged with that office.
One policy is the promotion of warnings on tobacco packets, with the Commission moving towards pictorial warnings. Following several European Union member states enacting bans on smoking in public places Kyprianou proposed a plan for an EU-wide ban of that kind.
In May 2007, Kyprianou released a paper to tackle the shortage of organ donation in the Union. The plan included promotion, specially trained medical staff and an EU wide organ donor card. After Kyprianou was appointed Foreign Minister of Cyprus, he was replaced by Androulla Vasiliou on 3 March 2008.
List of commissioners
|1||Richard Burke||Ireland||1977–1981||Jenkins Commission|
|2||Karl-Heinz Narjes||West Germany||1981–1985||Thorn Commission|
|3||Stanley Clinton Davis||United Kingdom||1985–1988||Delors Commission I|
|4||Grigoris Varfis||Greece||1985–1989||Delors Commission I|
|5||Karel Van Miert||Belgium||1989–1992||Delors Commission II|
|6||Christiane Scrivener||France||1992–1994||Delors Commission II|
|7||Emma Bonino||Italy||1995–1999||Santer Commission|
|8||David Byrne||Ireland||1999–2004||Prodi Commission|
|9||Pavel Telička||Czech Republic||2004||Prodi Commission (Parallel to Byrne)|
|10||Markos Kyprianou||Cyprus||2004–2010||Barroso Commission I (Health only)|
|11||Meglena Kuneva||Bulgaria||2007–2010||Barroso Commission I (Consumer protection only)|
|12||John Dalli||Malta||2010–16 October 2012||Barroso Commission II|
|13||Maroš Šefčovič||Slovakia||2012||Barroso Commission II (Acting)|
|14||Tonio Borg||Malta||2012–2014||Barroso Commission II (Health only from 2013)|
|15||Neven Mimica||Croatia||2013–2014||Barroso Commission II (Consumer protection only)|
|16||Vytenis Andriukaitis||Lithuania||2014–present||Juncker Commission|
- Letter of Mission Vytenis P. Andriukaitis Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, 1 November 2014
- Commissioner Kyprianou urges EU governments to use pictorial warnings on tobacco packets ec.europa.eu
- Commission wants EU-wide smoking ban in public places euractiv.com 30 January 2007
- Brussels to push for EU-wide organ donor card euobserver.com 20 May 2007