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02 Dec 2019

New Research Commissioner takes office

On 1 December 2019, the day of the 10th anniversary of the Treaty of Lisbon, the new Commission led by President Ursula von der Leyen took office. The new Commissioner for Research and Innovation is Mariya Gabriel.

Ms Gabriel, former European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will be in charge of a portfolio covering Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. Her task over the next five years will be to ensure that education, research and innovation help to deliver on the new Commission‘s ambitions and wider objectives.

In the area of research and innovation, Mariya Gabriel's tasks will be to work on the agreement on, and full implementation of, the future Horizon Europe programme, and to build a true European Research Area, together with the Member States.

In her work, Commissioner Gabriel will be supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. She will operate under the guidance of the Executive Vice-Presidents for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, and for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager.

Mission Letter

Speech by President Ursula von der Leyen

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