About: Vytenis Andriukaitis

Agrifood 16-10-2017

Commission wants ‘real progress’ on live animal transport but no law review plans

EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis wants to see “real progress” in the proper implementation of animal transport rules, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com. But the EU executive claims the current legislation is comprehensive and does not plan to review it.

Agrifood 11-10-2017

Key glyphosate hearing to take place in heated atmosphere

The European Parliament’s environment and agriculture committees are holding on Wednesday (11 October) a highly anticipated public hearing on the so-called “Monsanto papers" and glyphosate, which is expected to further heat up the debate on the controversial chemical substance.

Health 10-10-2017

Andriukaitis: Supporting drug innovation is ‘the only way’

Backing innovation in the pharmaceutical market and developing new evidence-based economic models is the only way forward for future healthcare, according to EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.

Global Europe 03-10-2017

Displaced mothers face dire health crisis, report says

Less than a half of pregnant refugees arriving on Greece’s shores have access to maternal care, a new report unveiled on Tuesday (3 October) has found.

Agrifood 03-10-2017

Farmers fear ‘political’ court ruling on plant breeding techniques

EU farmers have expressed concerns about an ongoing court case on plant breeding techniques, saying it might end up being a "political" decision that does not take into account scientific and economic arguments.

Agrifood 08-09-2017

France testing waters on glyphosate with other EU states

France has sent emails to several diplomatic services in Brussels trying to find out what stance they will take in an upcoming vote on the re-authorisation of the controversial glyphosate weed killer, an EU diplomat told EURACTIV.com

Member states adopt endocrine disruptor criteria

EU national representatives adopted on Monday (4 September) the European Commission’s draft criteria for endocrine disruptors in biocidal procducts, laying the foundation for a comprehensive strategy to limit citizens’ exposure to harmful substances.

Agrifood 11-08-2017

Commission calls meeting on egg crisis to end member states ‘blaming and shaming’

The European Commission will call an emergency meeting of ministers over insecticide-tainted eggs in a bid to end "blaming and shaming" over the scandal, health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Friday (11 August).

Agrifood 02-08-2017

Salmonella’s Polish resurgence raises concerns

Poland is facing a Salmonella crisis this summer but the European Commission has withdrawn its support for the authorisation of the most efficient tool to fight against the bacteria in animal feed.

Agrifood 20-07-2017

EU adopts first restrictions on cancer-causing acrylamide in food

Representatives of the EU’s 28 member states voted yesterday (19 July) in favour of a European Commission proposal to reduce the presence in food of acrylamide, a known carcinogenic substance present in fries, crisps, bread, biscuits, or coffee.

Health 29-06-2017

Commission seeks ‘measurable goals’ in new antimicrobial resistance plan

Close collaboration with EU scientific agencies in order to define indicators for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and help member states set “measurable goals” takes centre stage in the European Commission’s renewed five-year AMR action plan.

Brexit 24-05-2017

Spain plays down tensions with Catalonia in its bid for EMA

Spanish Minister for Health Dolors Montserrat said today (24 May) that Barcelona is “first in the class” in meeting all the criteria to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA). She also insisted that the central government supports Catalonia's bid to host it after Brexit.

Health 24-05-2017

Andriukaitis: Anti-smoking laws are of little value if they are not implemented

Member states should prioritise laws that protect public health because there is little value in having them if they are not enforced, the EU's health Commissioner told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Agrifood 19-05-2017

Andriukaitis heats up glyphosate discussion with ‘science’ comments

In light of heavy criticism by the EU socialists in the revived glyphosate debate, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com that political opinions cannot outweigh broadly-agreed scientific opinions.

Health 15-05-2017

Commission ready to support DR Congo in Ebola outbreak

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The European Commission said today (15 May) it was following the situation and was ready to provide support.

Health 10-05-2017

Romania cuts vaccine exports as measles outbreak takes hold

The European Commission has endorsed Romania’s decision to temporarily suspend exports of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to the rest of the EU, following a serious measles outbreak and dwindling medical stocks. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Health 07-04-2017

World Health Day 2017: Depression, it’s time to talk!

If you are depressed, talking about it with someone you trust can be a first step towards recovery, write Vytenis Andriukaitis and Zsuzsanna Jakab.

Agrifood 30-03-2017

EU health chief says Brazil meat scandal ‘is not closed’

Brazil needs independent controls over its meat industry, the EU’s Health Commissioner said yesterday (29 March), as he wrapped up a visit to the country rocked by an anti-corruption investigation focusing on bribery of its food-sanitation inspectors.

Agrifood 28-03-2017

EU says Brazil must ‘restore trust’ in meat exports

The European Union's health Commissioner said on Monday (27 March) that Brazil will have to "restore trust" in its meat exports after being hit by a scandal over expired meat being passed off as fresh.

Health 01-03-2017

Commission launches reference networks to face rare and complex diseases

In an effort to combat rare diseases and improve patient accessibility, the European Commission launched the European Reference Networks (ERNs) yesterday (28 February).

Economy & Jobs 01-03-2017

Greece: Lenders take unacceptable hard line on worker rights

In the current negotiations over a new loan package for Greece, collective bargaining and worker rights have been in the spotlight. But expert opinion in favour of these tools is being ignored by Greece’s lenders, warn Jan Willem Goudriaan and Richard Pond.

Health 09-02-2017

Complex sarcoma cancer needs an overall strategy, report says

The diverse nature of rare cancers like sarcomas poses severe challenges to the medical community and policy-makers who need to seek a holistic approach, according to a report.

Health 08-02-2017

Andriukaitis: ‘Rare cancers present a particular challenge’

The European Commission’s priority when tackling rare cancers such as sarcomas is to ensure European Reference Networks (ERNS) are put in place so that all patients have access to the best expertise available in the EU, Vytenis Andriukaitis told Euractiv.com in an interview.

Health 07-02-2017

E-cigarettes are not ‘cool’, EU’s top health official says

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said he opposed e-cigarettes being advertised as another 'cool' thing to attract young smokers, reminding they must also carry a health warning.