Ms Kyriakides, in her capacity as the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety since December 2019, is leading the Commission’s work on various portfolios including the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, aiming to improve cancer prevention and care while also she is in charge of developing a new Pharmaceutical Strategy to ensure that Europe can meet its needs relating to affordable medicines.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Commissioner took on the responsibilities of coordinating the EU’s health response and of supporting Member States to tackle the outbreak.
Ms. Kyriakides has previously worked as a clinical psychologist for 28 consecutive years, in the Mental Health Services of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, from 1979-2006.
Ms. Kyriakides was elected to the Cyprus Parliament in 2006 and was then re-elected in 2011 and 2016 for the Democratic Rally Party, for which she served duties as Vice-President. In 2012, Ms. Kyriakides was appointed Head of the Cyprus Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and in 2017 she was elected as President of PACE, thus becoming the 30th President of the Assembly.
Notably, she was also the founder of the First Breast Cancer advocacy organization in Cyprus, namely “Europa Donna – Cyprus” and served as the President from 2000-2015. She was also President of the European Breast Cancer Coalition Europa Donna.