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Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS was appointed European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety in November 2014.
He was born on 9 August 1951 in Siberia where his family was deported. He returned in 1958 to the current Lithuania together with his mother and two brothers. His father was allowed to return only one year later.
Vytenis Andriukaitis graduated in medicine in 1975 and has been Lithuanian physician, specialised in cardiovascular surgery, for more than 20 years. He also holds a degree in History from Vilnius University obtained in 1984.
As of 1969 he was politically engaged. He was one of the founders of the Lithuanian social-democrat party. In 1990 he was elected to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania which preceded Seimas (the Lithuanian Parliament) and was one of the co-authors of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992 as well as a signatory of the independence act of Lithuania.
Vytenis Andriukaitis was a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament for six mandates. During that period he has been the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Vice-President of the Social-Democrat party. He has also led the Lithuanian delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe. From 2012 to 2014 Vytenis Andriukaitis was minister for Health in Lithuania.
Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis will present his health policy priorities for the next years ahead, which revolve around the three objectives of “prevention”, “promotion” and “protection”. He will stress the need for a paradigm shift in the way we finance, organise and operate our health systems, with a strong focus on disease prevention and health promotion. Moreover, he will outline how the European Union responds to serious cross-border health threats, including the global threat of antimicrobial resistance. In this context, he will stress the need for strengthened collaboration on global health issues, including with major partners such as China.