Our Well-being Ambassadors are a community of key EU policymakers and stakeholders committed to promote citizens’ well-being at European, national and local level.

Well-being Ambassadors endorse All Policy for a Healthy Europe’s goals and promote the initiative’s objectives through awareness-raising events, written contributions and by sharing their experience and ideas with our Knowledge Partners. For more information about the Well-Being Ambassador program, feel free to contact the All Policies for a Healthy Europe Secretariat.

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Vytenis Andriukaitis

  • WHO Special Envoy for the European Region (2020- )
  • Former European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety (2014-2019)
  • Former member of the United Nations High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth (2016)
  • Former Vice-President of the World Health Assembly (2014)
  • Former Health Minister of the Republic of Lithuania (2012-2014)
  • Former member of the Lithuanian Parliament (1992-2004 & 2008-2012)
  • Medical doctor (1979-1993)

We all have a role to play in bringing the public health message outside of our health silo and into the wider world. There is no point in just preaching to the converted, we need to make a solid and convincing case for health in other policies so that constructive solutions can be reached.

Parliament Magazine, 2017

Health & well-being should be a lot higher on the political agenda, especially using COVID as a specific example. People are asking the European Union to do more.

Event: Zero-Pollution Ambition: Prioritising Citizens’ Health & Well-being, 2020

We need to take the health aspect of our everyday life into account. We need a one health concept. NGOs, researchers, politicians, patient organisations must come together to work as one.

Event Zero-Pollution Ambition: Prioritising Citizens’ Health & Well-being, 2020

MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, FI)

  • Member of the European Parliament (2008- ): Member of the ECON and FEMM Committees, substitute member of the ENVI Committee
  • Co-chair of the MEP Carers Interest Intergroup
  • Vice-President of the Federal Council of the Memory Association (2013- )
  • Member of the Board of Alzheimer Europe (2010- )
  • Former Finnish MP (1983-2003) and Finnish Minister of Environment (1991-1995)

© European Union 2019 – Source:EP

© European Union 2019 – Source:EP

MEP Alex Agius Saliba, (S&D, MT)

  • Member of the European Parliament (2019- ): Member of the PETI and IMCO Committees, substitute member of the EMPL Committee
  • Co-chair of the MEP Alliance for Mental Health
  • Member of the MEPs Against Cancer Intergroup
  • Chairman of the Hearing Health Forum EU (2020- )
  • Vice-President of the MEP Biodiversity, Hunting and Countryside Intergroup
  • Member of EU40, platform of young pro-European MEPs and Knowledge Partner of All Policies for a Healthy Europe

The European Commission must respond swiftly to the invitation to propose a comprehensive Mental Health Strategy, as put forward by the Council Conclusions on the Economy of Well-being.

Parliament Magazine, 2017

The use of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science has helped to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic through its integration in the medical sector. However […] it is essential that the increased use of AI systems is  trustworthy and it must be aligned with EU ethical principles.

EU40Talks: Artificial Intelligence VS Covid-19, 2020

The EU must deal with issues which are important to its citizens, and solve problems they encounter on a daily basis. Nothing is more important than health.

European Parliament, 2020

MEP Tomislav Sokol (EPP, HR)

  • Member of the European Parliament (2019- ): Member of the IMCO Committee, substitute member of the REGI Committee
  • Co-chair of the MEP Interest Group on Equitable Access to Healthcare
  • Co-chair of the MEP Interest Group on Innovation in Health & Social Care
  • Member of MEPs fight Antimicrobial Resistance Intergroup
  • Substitute Member of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer
  • EU Health Law scholar (2009- )
  • Member of the Croatian Parliament (2017-2019)
  • Assistant Minister in the Croatian Ministry of Science & Education (2017)
  • Member of EU40, platform of young pro-European MEPs and Knowledge Partner of All Policies for a Healthy Europe

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Marian Harkin

  • Member of the Irish Parliament (2002-2007; 2020)
  • Former Member of the European Parliament (2004-2019): Member of the EMPL and REGI Committees
  • Former Chair of All Policies for a Healthy Europe (2018-2020)
  • Supporter of the MEP Heart Intergroup
  • Former Chair and founding member of the MEP Carers Interest Intergroup
  • Former co-Chair of the MEP Intergroup on Brain, Mind and Pain
  • Former Vice-President of the MEP Intergroup on Disability

A renewed focus on health & well-being as core priorities of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council can be a key driver in bringing Brussels closer to its citizens.

Press Release: EU must make Health and Well-being a top priority for its citizens, 2019