The EU’s next commissioner for health and food safety says he’s got no problem taking on the tobacco industry. At his confirmation hearing at the European Parliament, (the last one’s going to be on Monday) Markos Kyprianou insisted there was no bigger evil to be battled than smoking. That wasn’t the only thing bothering him though:
“For me, I cannot understand the concept of a Union, wheather we call it a market, a political union or any other kind of union, where the level of health services… the life expectancy from one end to the other can differ by about 10 years! This concept of union for me doesn’t show very much quality.” The Cypriot, with twelve years under his belt as a national MP and law studies including at Cambridge and Harvard, put in a word for animals too, saying it was high time all the EU member states agreed on transport conditions for livestock.