Carlos Moedas, the research and innovation commissioner, has said that he will not seek a second term in the job, but instead plans to return to his native Portugal—perhaps to work with industry—when his tenure ends on 31 October 2019.
“I love the job, I love the experience of being a commissioner,” Moedas said in an interview with the news website Politico on 22 November. But he added: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but my plan is that after these five years I will go back to my country.”
“I would love to go back and try to help in the private sector or in some kind of organisation to help startups,” Moedas said. He added that he “really likes the [European] Parliament”, but would like to try to become an MEP in five or ten years, rather than immediately.