Vytenis Andriukaitis

European commissioner of Health & Food Safety

Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis is a Lithuanian physician (heart surgeon), politician, and co-signatory to the 1990 Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania.

Andriukaitis’ family was deported to Siberia in June 1941. He, his mother and two older brothers were allowed to return to Lithuania in 1958; his father returned in 1959. After excelling at school, he enrolled at Kaunas Medical Institute, graduating in 1975. In 1976 Andriukaitis started in politics as a member of the underground Social Democrat movement, but continued his studies later taking a degree in History at Vilnius University in 1984.

Dr Andriukaitis was elected to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania in 1990. He served in the Seimas from 1992 to 2004, and was Deputy Chairman of its Council from 2001 to 2004. Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed him to serve as a EU Commissioner from November 2014.