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Priority for EU commissioner is implementing tighter rules on tobacco

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 01 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5977
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner designate for health and food safety,1 has determined that “promotion, prevention and protection” are to be his guiding policy priorities for the next five years if he receives parliamentary approval for his new post.

Andriukaitis made the commitment during a three hour hearing on 30 September during which MEPs quizzed the qualified surgeon and former Lithuanian health minister on his personal and professional qualities and knowledge of the policies he will oversee as a commissioner.

“Very often when I hear public figures speak, they think the three words are the same. No way. They conceal a lot of different techniques and instruments and express themselves in different ways in …

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