European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
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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. 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
|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|
|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)|
|17||Stella Kyriakidou||Cyprus||2019–present||von der Leyen|
- 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