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Markos Kyprianou, DG SANCO Commissioner, leaves the Commission to return to Cyprus





The Commissioner for Health, Markos Kyprianou submitted his resignation to the Commission President, Josť Manuel Barroso last 27 February. Mr Kyprianou resigned to accept the invitation to return to Cyprus to become its new foreign minister. Kyprianou was appointed EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer affairs in 2004.




The Commission has now nominated Mrs Androula Vassilou as a successor to Mr Kyprianou. Mrs Vassiliou started her career as a lawyer. She was an elected Member of the House of Representatives of Cyprus for two terms (1996-2001 and 2001-2006). She served among others on the European Affairs Committee and on the Joint Parliamentary Committee of Cyprus and the EU. She was an Alternate Representative of the Cyprus Parliament to the Convention for the Future of Europe (2001-2003). She was also Vice President of the European Liberal Democrats and Reform Party (ELDR, 2001-2006) and as such chairperson of the European Liberal Women's Network. Since 2002, she serves as chairperson of the board of trustees of the Cyprus Oncology Centre. She was also President of the Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women.

A new Commission will be chosen following European Parliament elections in June 2009.