Michel takes over from Busquin for a six-week stint as Research Commissioner

Speaking before the Parliament’s
Industry Committee, Belgium’s new Commissioner-designate
Louis Michel has pleaded for a doubling of the EU’s research
budget, saying it is “essential” to the Lisbon
strategy.

Former foreign minister Louis Michel
has taken over from Philippe Busquin as Research
Commissioner and Belgium’s nominee in the European
Commission. 

Speaking on 13 September before the Parliament’s
Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy Committee,
Michel pleaded for a doubling of the EU budget devoted to
research, which he described as “essential” to the Lisbon
strategy. He also expressed his optimism about the EU
getting the seat of the International Thermonuclear
Experimental Reactor (ITER) to be discussed in the
Competitiveness Council on 24 September. 

Michel will stay in place until 1 November before
moving to his his new position as Commissioner for
Development and Humanitarian Aid, if as expected, the new
Barroso Commission is confirmed by a vote in Parliament
in October. 

The Slovene Janez Potocnik would then replace him as
Science and Research Commissioner for the next five
years. 

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