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Q&A with Mario Monti, on ERC head’s resignation

Image: European Central Bank [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

Former Italy prime minister led search that resulted in Mauro Ferrari’s ill-fated appointment

Mario Monti, the former prime minister of Italy and now president of Bocconi University, led the search committee that drew up a shortlist of three candidates to become president of the European Research Council.

One of the three, Mauro Ferrari, was selected by the ERC’s Scientific Council and then appointed by the Commission, taking office on 1 January. Ferrari resigned on 7 April, expressing concern that the ERC council rejected his suggestion of a dedicated ERC funding stream for the Covid-19 pandemic. The Council hit back, saying it asked Ferrari to resign because he displayed a lack of appreciation of and engagement with the ERC.

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