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Lemaître’s appointment to crucial research post comes just in time

The top official post in the European Commission’s research and innovation department is probably the most important European-level role for the research sector, alongside the political figurehead that is the EU R&I commissioner.

So it will have been a relief to many when the Commission announced on the first of this month that the post—which has been without a permanent holder since the departure of Jean-Eric Paquet last summer—would be filled from 16 February by Marc Lemaître, currently head of the regional and urban policy department.

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