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Cresson Resigns in Wake of Fraud Report

Science  19 Mar 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5409, pp. 1827-1828
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5409.1827b

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The European Union's embattled research commissioner, Edith Cresson, submitted her resignation this week along with the other 19 EU commissioners in the wake of a scathing report by a European Parliament investigative panel that alleged cronyism and mismanagement in the EU's executive body. As Science went to press, it was not yet clear whether some commissioners would be renamed to their positions by their respective governments, to serve out terms that had been scheduled to expire at the end of this year. However, two sources in Brussels said it was "highly unlikely" that the French government would restore Cresson to her post, and officials are beginning to speculate about her successor.