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Economist for Research Post

Carlos Moedas, a Portuguese economist, has been nominated to be the new European Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Science, the Nature News Blog reports.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming European Commission president, nominated his choices for his team today, the New York Times adds.

The European Parliament must approve or veto the entire slate of more than two dozen commissioners, before they are to take office on the first of November, the Times says. The Nature News Blog notes that the Parliament has exercised its veto power in the past.

The science commission will oversee the €80 billion (US$103 billion) Horizon 2020 research program that began earlier this year.