European Parliament Approves New Cypriot Commissioner for Health
Brussels, Apr 9 - The European Parliament approved Ms. Androula Vassiliou as the new European Commissioner for Public Health, Food Safety, Animal Health and Welfare, with 446 votes in favor, 7 against and 29 abstentions.
The result was announced by the EP President Hans-Gert Pottering.
Ms. Vassiliou was subject to a hearing on April 1, before Members of the European Parliament from the Committee on the Environment, the Public Health and Food Safety Committee, the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, and the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.
On the hearing, Ms. Vassiliou answered more than 60 questions raised by the members of the Parliament on issues regarding her post.
According to the official website of the European Parliament, “a new Commissioner is needed following the resignation of fellow Cypriot Markos Kyprianou, who left to take up the post of foreign minister in the new Cypriot government. Ms. Vassiliou was nominated by the Cypriot government and the Council of the European Union has already given its support to her nomination”.