Lithuania's former health minister Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis has been officially proposed as European commissioner for health and food safety affairs, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker announced at a news conference on Wednesday.
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis
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The candidacy and the full line-up of the new European Commission is yet to be approved by the European Parliament.

Andriukaitis was nominated as Lithuania's representative at the EC by the Social Democratic Party, which has the country's largest political group. The nomination was supported by parliament and President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Andriukaitis has degrees in medicine and history, he is a member of parliament and worked as health minister in the current government.

Lithuania's current representative at the EC is Algirdas Šemeta who has been in charge of taxes, customs policy, audit and anti-fraud since 2009. Before him, Lithuania's commissioner was incumbent president Grybauskaitė.

The Juncker-led new EC should take office in November.

The proposed EC line-up includes five former prime ministers, four deputy PMs, 19 former ministers, seven commissioners for the second tenure and eight former MPs.

The new commission's age average is 49, it includes nine women and 19 men.

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