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European Commissioner for Consumer Protection

The Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy is the member of the [1]. The portfolio is responsible for matters of public health, food safety, animal health, welfare and consumer affairs.


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 commissioners

Name Country Period Commission
1 Richard Burke 1977–1981 Jenkins Commission
2 Karl-Heinz Narjes 1981–1985 Thorn Commission
3 Stanley Clinton Davis 1985–1988 Delors Commission I
4 Grigoris Varfis 1985–1989 Delors Commission I
5 Karel Van Miert 1989–1992 Delors Commission II
6 Christiane Scrivener 1992–1994 Delors Commission II
7 Emma Bonino 1995–1999 Santer Commission
8 David Byrne 1999–2004 Prodi Commission
9 Pavel Telička 2004 Prodi Commission (Parallel to Byrne)
10 Markos Kyprianou 2004–2010 Barroso Commission I (Health only)
11 Meglena Kuneva 2007–2010 Barroso Commission I (Consumer protection only)
12 John Dalli 2010–16 October 2012 Barroso Commission II
13 Maroš Šefčovič 2012 Barroso Commission II (Acting)
14 Tonio Borg 2012–present Barroso Commission II (Health only from 2013)
15 Neven Mimica 2013–present Barroso Commission II (Consumer protection only)

See also


External links

  • Commissioner's website
  • Commission's health website
  • EU Health portal
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