The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, nominated Bulgaria’s Mariya Gabriel to take charge of research, innovation and education, but has scotched research from the name of the brief for the first time, relabelling it the ‘Innovation and Youth’ portfolio.
While it won’t be in the job title, Gabriel will take over management of the €94.1 billion Horizon Europe, the EU’s largest ever research programme. Assuming the European Parliament approves the appointment, she will move over from her current post as European commissioner for digital economy and society, to take over from the outgoing Carlos Moedas on November 1.
In addition to Horizon Europe, Gabriel’s sprawling portfolio will absorb education duties, currently performed by education commissioner Tibor Navracsics.
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