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Workloads trouble ERC agency chief


New head of European Research Council Executive Agency faces stiff challenge

The new top administrator of the European Research Council, Laurence Moreau, has a difficult task to maintain the funder’s effectiveness amid an efficiency drive from the European Commission that is causing “unreasonable” workloads, according to a former ERC president.

The Commission announced in May that Moreau had been appointed as director of the Brussels-based ERC Executive Agency (pictured), having been acting director since January. The agency is responsible for administering the ERC’s grants and implementing decisions made by the funder’s governing Scientific Council, which is chaired by the ERC president.

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