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Vytenis Andriukaitis

Vytenis Andriukaitis
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
Assumed office
1 November 2014
President Jean-Claude Juncker
Preceded by (Health)
Personal details
Born (1951-08-09) 9 August 1951
Kisiur, Soviet Union
(now Russia)
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Irena Meižytė
Children Šarūnas
Alma mater Lithuanian University of
Health Sciences

University of Vilnius

Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis (born August 9, 1951 at Yakut, USSR)[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] He served in the Seimas from 1992 to 2004, and was Deputy Chairman of its Council from 2001 to 2004.[4] Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed him to serve as a EU Commissioner from November 2014.

Education and professional activities

  • 1969 graduated with honours from Kaunas 24th High School.
  • 1969-1975 studied at the Kaunas Medical Institute graduating with a medical doctorate (surgery specialization).
  • 1979-1984 studied at the University of Vilnius, receiving a degree summa cum laude in history and political science (teacher qualification).

Medical career

  • 1975-1976 surgeon at Kaunas 3rd Hospital.
  • 1976-1984 surgeon at Ignalina Central Hospital.
  • In 1979 qualified in general surgery at the University of Vilnius.
  • In 1980 qualified in war surgery at Riga Military Hospital.
  • In 1982 qualified in abdominal surgery at Vilnius University.
  • In 1983 qualified in trauma and orthopaedics surgery at Vilnius University.
  • In 1984 promoted to surgeon (second category).
  • 1985-1993 appointed cardiac surgeon of Heart Surgery Centre at Republican Clinical Hospital in Vilnius.
  • In 1987 qualified in heart and vascular surgery at Moscow Bakulev Cardiovascular Institute.
  • In 1989 appointed cardiovascular surgeon (first category).
  • 1998-2004 Member of International Doctors’ Association.
  • 1989-1996 Member of Lithuanian Doctors’ Association.
  • Since 1989 Member of Lithuanian Heart Association.
  • 2006-2008 Lecturer at the State Environmental Health Centre, also prepared projects in health law, and social issues.

Political Career

  • Since 1969 was active participant in the anti-Soviet underground movement.
  • Since 1976 participated in the underground Social Democratic Circle activities.
  • 1975-1982 studied at the underground of Antanas Strazdelis humanitarian thought and self-education University.
  • In 1976 was arrested and questioned by the KGB, also arrested and punished three-year compulsory registration of Ignalina by the Soviet government, the controlled by the local KGB office.
  • 1988-1989 actively supported the restoration of the LSDP (Social Democratic Party of Lithuania) as a member of LSDP pioneered the re-establishment of its steering group, was a member of the Lithuanian Reform Movement, participated in the preparation and legalization of LSDP Lithuanian Movement for elections to the Lithuanian LTSR AT (Lithuanian Soviet Socialist *Republic, the Supreme Council) programs.
  • 1988-1989 member of the working group on LTSR concept of self-sufficiency training (social security, health care reform and public administration).
  • 1989-1999 and 2001 served as LSDP Deputy Chairman.
  • 1999-2001 elected LSDP Chairman.
  • 1990-1992 elected Supreme Soviet Deputy for Lithuanian Republic, also a member of Committee of Health and Social Affairs, Chairman of Health Subcommittee, member of Working Group which prepared the March 11 Day charter in advance of the 1990 signing of the Lithuanian Act of Independence, and a member of Working Group of National Science and the National Health Concept Development.
  • 1990-1992 co-author of Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992.
  • 1990-2004 Delegation Member in the Baltic Assembly at the Republic of Lithuania Parliament.
  • 1992-1996 Member of Parliament for the Republic of Lithuania, Vice-Chairman of Health and Social Affairs Committee, the Elders' Deputy of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party Group, and a member of the National Security Concept Development Working Group.
  • 1994-1996 Delegate in Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly for the Lithuanian Republic Parliament, also a Parliamentary Assembly Member of the Council of Europe's Human Rights and Legal Affairs Committee.
  • 1996-2000 Member of Parliament for the Republic of Lithuania, Member of the Assembly of Elders, and member of the State and Local Government Committee, Elder of Lithuanian Social Democratic Party group, and a member of the Polish Parliamentary Assembly.
  • In 1997 and 2002 candidate for President of the Republic of Lithuania.
  • In 2000 April–November Member of Vilnius City Council.
  • 2000-2004 Member of Parliament for the Republic of Lithuania, member of the Parliamentary Council, and member of the Assembly of Elders.
  • In 2000 October - 2001 August Opposition Leader in Parliament, Elder of the Lithuanian Republic Parliament in the Social Democratic coalition faction (Lithuanian Democratic Labour Party, the LSDP, and the Russian Union of Lithuania).
  • In 2001 July - 2004 July Deputy Chairman of Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, responsible for the coordination of parliamentary committees as well as for Parliament and the European integration program, including the planning and management of human and financial resources, Chairman of the European Affairs Committee, a member of Foreign Affairs Committee and Legal Affairs, NATO Commission, and later a replacement member on the Commission on the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.
  • In 2002 May 23 Founder of Lithuania Forum on the Future.
  • In 2002 February–July 2003 Member of Convention on the Future of Europe and leader of the Lithuanian delegation.
  • In 2004 July 28 resigned his parliamentary seat after the Parliament refused to revoke the immunity of unjustified allegations of corruption: he decided not to hinder law enforcement authorities in carrying out an investigation in order to clear his name. Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office terminated the pre-trial investigation once the allegations proved to be an unfounded smear.
  • In 2005 September 6 he won legal proceedings against the former Attorney General of the Republic of Lithuania on the honour and dignity when the defendant publicly apologized for his words of debate on family materials on the allegations. The case precipitated the peace treaty.
  • 2008 – 2012 Deputy Chairman of Lithuanian Parliament on the Republic Committee on European Affairs, the member of Foreign Affairs Committee and Vice-Chairman LSDP.
  • Since 2012 December 13 – Lithuanian Minister of Health in the 16th Lithuanian Government.
  • In 2014 September 10 he was appointed by Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commissioner-designate responsible for Health and Food Safety.[5]


  • 1990-2004 author of more than 140 legislative proposals and amendments.
  • 2002-2003 author and co-author of the indemnities of Convention on the Future of Europe.
  • 1990-2004 co-author and editor of Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania and the Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs publications:
    • Parliament on Lithuania's road to the European Union;
    • The role of Parliament in EU membership conditions;
    • 1997-2003 Joint Interparliamentary Committee on accession to the EU — Lithuanian activities;
    • At the International Conference “Baltic freedom: The West's approach to 1983 January 13th European Parliament resolution “on the situation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania,” the 20th anniversary of the material;
    • Material “International Conference on National Constitution in the context of EU enlargement”;
    • Materials, including the declaration in the international conference on “EU enlargement and the wider European vision”;
    • Debates on the future of Europe.
  • In 2006 “Social Democrats in Lithuanian Parliaments”.

Other offices

2004-2008 Director of the public institution: “Social Economic Research Institute”.




  • 1996 - 1991 January 13 Commemorative Medal.
  • 2000 – Lithuanian Independence 10th Anniversary Medal.
  • 2002 Baltic Assembly Medal (for supporting Baltic unity and cooperation).
  • 2004 – Commemorative Medal of Lithuania's accession to the European Union.
  • 2004 - Upon Lithuania's accession to NATO: a memorable statue of “Gražina”.
  • 2004 - Honorary Fellow of the Lithuanian Law University.
  • 2005 - Honorary Badge of Doctor of Merit of Lithuania (as one of the initiators of the development of the Lithuanian national health concept and the Lithuanian legal framework for the health system).
  • 2010 – Lithuanian Restoration of Independence 20th Anniversary Medal.


  1. ^ "Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis Curriculum Vitae".  
  2. ^ "Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis" (in Lietuvių). Lithuanian Social Democratic Party. 2008. 
  3. ^ "Vytenis Andriukaitis" (in Lietuvių). Vytenis Andriukaitis. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  4. ^ "'"Member of the Seimas 2000-2004 Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis.  
  5. ^
Political offices
Preceded by
Algirdas Šemeta
Lithuanian European Commissioner
Preceded by
Tonio Borg
as European Commissioner for Health
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
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