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 Stella Kyriakidou (Greek: Στέλλα Κυριακίδου) from Cyprus, a psychologist and politician of the conservative Democratic Rally party. 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] After Kyprianou was appointed Foreign Minister of Cyprus, he was replaced by Androulla Vasiliou on 3 March 2008.

List of commissionersEdit

Name Country Period Commission
1 Richard Burke   Ireland 1977–1981 Jenkins
2 Karl-Heinz Narjes   West Germany 1981–1985 Thorn
3 Stanley Clinton Davis   United Kingdom 1985–1988 Delors I
4 Grigoris Varfis   Greece 1985–1989 Delors I
5 Karel Van Miert   Belgium 1989–1992 Delors II
6 Christiane Scrivener   France 1992–1994 Delors II
7 Emma Bonino   Italy 1995–1999 Santer
8 David Byrne   Ireland 1999–2004 Prodi
9 Pavel Telička   Czech Republic 2004 Prodi (Parallel to Byrne)
10 Markos Kyprianou   Cyprus 2004–2010 Barroso I (Health only)
11 Androulla Vassiliou   Cyprus 2008–2010 Barroso I (Health only)
12 John Dalli   Malta 2010–16 October 2012 Barroso II
13 Maroš Šefčovič   Slovakia 2012 Barroso II (Acting)
14 Tonio Borg   Malta 2012–2014 Barroso II (Health only from 2013)
15 Neven Mimica   Croatia 2013–2014 Barroso II (Consumer protection only)
16 Vytenis Andriukaitis   Lithuania 2014–2019 Juncker
17 Stella Kyriakidou   Cyprus 2019–present von der Leyen

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