On 3 June, the European Commission revealed the name of the new Director-General of DG Research.
Robert-Jan Smits, currently Deputy Director-General at DG JRC, will take over from José Manuel Silva Rodriguez as of 1 July 2010. The charismatic personality of Robert-Jan Smits and his knowledge of the European Research Framework Programme and its challenges are supposed to bring promising insights to the development of EU research funding in the coming years. Silva Rodriguez will remain as Advisor in DG Research.
In parallel, Françoise Le Bail currently Deputy Director-General at DG Enterprise will join DG Justice as new Director-General. The name of the person who will succeed her was not communicated yet.