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01 Sep 2015

Roberto Viola takes office as new head of DG Connect

In the course of a reshuffle of senior managment posts in the European Commission earlier this year, some posts in the "research family" were also affected. Thus former DG Connect Director General Robert Madelin changed posts to act as an innovation adviser, and his former deputy Roberto Viola was appointed to take over the post of Director General. According to Mr. Viola, the main challenge of DG Connect for the next years will be to contribute to the implementation of the Digital Agenda flagship initiative. Amongst others duties, Mr. Viola announced that he would focus on an industrial strategy for the digital sector, free flows of data, cloud computing, and supercomputing. All these efforts will be underpinned by continued support for Europe's research and innovation capacity.

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