Bulgaria’s Mariya Gabriel nominated as Commissioner for research, innovation and education

Under the title ‘Innovation and Youth’, Bulgaria’s Mariya Gabriel will take charge of a portfolio that covers research, innovation, education and sports, and which will include overseeing Horizon Europe, the future funding programme as well as the Erasmus+ programme. Whilst not a newcomer to EU politics – Gabriel was the previous Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, the large number of programmes and areas she will work on may prove challenging. Some organisations have also questioned the lack of the words ‘research’ or ‘science’ featuring in the job title, but others have pointed to the logical link with education. The appointment, announced by the recently elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, will still need to be approved by the European parliament. Read more about the story here.

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