The Lithuanian candidate for European commissioner Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis intends to discuss his duties with the Commission's new President Jean-Claude Juncker this week.
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis
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Andriukaitis, a member of the ruling Social Democratic Party, told BNS the meeting with Juncker was scheduled for Thursday. He said he had prepared his priorities, but refused to elaborate on them.

"I have a line of priorities. If you followed the speech made by Juncker at the European Parliament, there are entirely new ideas: he has a right to envisage his own positions and line-ups. Therefore, I do not want to give any comment before I meet him," Andriukaitis said.

Andriukaitis was proposed for the post by the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party, which has the largest political group in the national parliament. The candidate was endorsed by parliament and President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Andriukaitis, who has degrees in medicine and history, has been an MP uninterruptedly since the Lithuania regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, serving as health minister in this government.

The candidate has indicated his field of responsibilities in the EC could include health, science, regional policy, employment and development.

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