BRUSSELS, April 26, 2022
All Policies for a Healthy Europe, a cross-sectoral coalition of NGOs, think-tanks, trade associations and businesses, announced that World Health Organization (WHO) Special Envoy for the European Region Vytenis Andriukaitis will join as its new Chair today.
It also announced that the largest pan-European technology communications company, Vodafone, as well as Suez will join the coalition as Corporate Knowledge Partners, joining Johnson & Johnson, Randstad, and Philips as well as over 20 cross-sectoral Knowledge Partners.
Dr Andriukaitis is a former EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (2014 to 2019), and a former Lithuanian Health Minister (2012 to 2014).
He is a co-author and a signatory of the 1990 Independence Act of Lithuania and one of the co-authors of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992. Dr Andriukaitis is also one of the founders of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party and later Chairman of the party (1999-2001). He was a member of the Lithuanian Parliament for six terms (from 1990 to 2012), and twice was a candidate for the Lithuanian presidency (1997 and 2002).
Born in a Soviet gulag in 1951 in Siberia when his parents were deported, he only returned to his native Lithuania in 1957. Before entering politics, Dr Andriukaitis had been a practising surgeon specialising in cardiovascular surgery for more than 20 years. He also holds a history degree from Vilnius University, acquired in 1984.
Dr Andriukaitis is the author of numerous articles and books, more than 140 legislative proposals and amendments at national and the EU level, including amendments to EU Treaties.
Created in 2018, through the guidance of Johnson & Johnson as a co-founding member, All Policies for a Healthy Europe advocates for health and wellbeing to be put at of European policymaking. The diverse mix of multisectoral stakeholders brings a unique perspective to the health and wellbeing debate, pushing for increased awareness of the broader economic and social dimension to health issues.
For more information, contact
Kevin Butler, Secretariat of Healthy Europe