|European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth|
9 February 2010
|President||José Manuel Barroso|
|Preceded by||Maroš Šefčovič (Education, Training, Culture and Youth)
Leonard Orban (Multilingualism)
|European Commissioner for Health|
3 March 2008 – 9 February 2010
|President||José Manuel Barroso|
|Preceded by||Markos Kyprianou|
|Succeeded by||John Dalli (Health and Consumer Policy)|
|Born||30 November 1943|
|Political party||United Democrats|
|Alma mater||Middle Temple|
Androulla Vassiliou (Ανδρούλλα Βασιλείου; born 30 November 1943) is a Cypriot and European politician who was the European Commissioner for Health, confirmed by the European Council on 3 March 2008. Since February 2010, she has been the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Vassiliou is very active in social and cultural fields particularly within the UN and EU. In Cyprus she has held many important posts and is on the Board of many public and private companies.
Between 1961 and 1964 Vassiliou studied law at Middle Temple (Inn of Court) in London, United Kingdom and then between 1964 to 1966 she studied international affairs at the London Institute of World Affairs (United Kingdom). She then returned to Cyprus in 1968 to practice law while acting as legal advisor to the Standard Chartered Bank and then the Bank of Cyprus (also being on the board of various corporations). In 1988 she ended her legal practice when her husband, George Vassiliou, became President of Cyprus.
Vassiliou was elected to the House of Representatives of Cyprus in 1996, for the Movement of United Democrats, and re-elected in 2001 until 2006. During this time she served on the European Affairs Committee and the Joint Parliamentary Committee of Cyprus and the EU She was also an Alternate Representative of the Cyprus to the European Convention which drew up the European Constitution.
Between 2001 and 2006 she was Vice President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party, and the chairperson of the European Liberal Women's Network.
In February 2008 Vassiliou was nominated to succeed Markos Kyprianou as European Commissioner for Health. In 3 March 2008 she took over from him in the European Commission and faced a hearing before the European Parliament in early April 2008; she was approved on 9 April 2008 by 446 to 7 with 29 abstentions. Under the Second Barroso Commission, from February 2010, she was given the portfolio of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
Other activities and personal life
Since 2002 she has been chairperson of the board of trustees of the Cyprus Oncology Centre and she has also been President of the Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women since 1996.
She was involved in the United Nations Association of Cyprus, being elected as President of it for four consecutive terms, participated in numerous human rights conferences. In 1991 she was elected President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations and re-elected for two terms before being made an honorary president.
She is married to Dr George Vassiliou, former President of Cyprus, with whom she has three children. Her hobbies are music, walking, swimming and reading. She speaks Greek, English and moderate French.
- Nomination of Mrs Androulla Vassiliou as successor to Mr Markos Kyprianou, European Commission 28/02/08
- Androulla Vassiliou Official Media Gallery
- Website: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/vassiliou/index_en.htm#position_3
|Cypriot European Commissioner
|European Commissioner for Health
as European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy
as European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth
|European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
as European Commissioner for Multilingualism