Androulla Vassiliou

Cyprus, 1943

Androulla Vassiliou studied law and international relations at various prestigious British universities. In Cyprus, she worked for years in law and, after her marriage to former President George Vassiliou, she became active as a politician for Democrats both in Cyprus and in Brussels. In 2001, she was elected president of the World Federation of United Nations Associations and re-elected for two terms before being made an honorary president while simultaneously serving as the vice-president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and as chairperson of the European Liberal Women’s Network. She was active in European politics until recently as European Commissioner for Health (2008-2010) and for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (2010-2014).

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