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Hopes for continuity of EU’s R&D policy after Gabriel’s departure

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Commission vice-presidents covering portfolio seen as “safe pairs of hands”, but loss of momentum feared

Research groups have said they trust the European Commission leaders who have taken over the EU research, innovation and education brief following the resignation of Mariya Gabriel. But some expressed fears that the disruption could slow down key policy initiatives.

Gabriel resigned her post as EU R&I and education commissioner on 15 May to try to form a coalition government as prime minister of her native Bulgaria. Her R&I duties will be covered by Commission executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager and her education duties by vice-president Margaritis Schinas.

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