Carlos Moedas, new Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, takes office
Carlos Moedas has started work as the new European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation in the new Commission headed by President Jean-Claude Juncker. The new Commission consists of seven Vice-Presidents and twenty Commissioners and took office on 1 November 2014.
Commissioner Moedas' responsibilities include
- making sure that research funding programmes, notably Horizon 2020, contribute to the Commission's jobs, growth and investment package
- promoting the international excellence of the EU's research and science and strengthening research capacities and innovation across all Member States
- evaluating how EU‑funded research can be used more effectively
- ensuring that Commission proposals are based on scientific evidence
- encouraging private companies to apply research to meet challenges faced by society and create more high-quality jobs.
Mr. Moedas follows Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who held the position of research commissioner in former President José Manuel Barroso' team. Before joining the Commission, Mr. Moedas was Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal.
For more information, please visit the new European Commission's website: