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Tough Questions Greet New Research Chief

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Science  17 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5435, pp. 1829-1830
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5435.1829a

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The European Parliament was set to vote this week on the entire slate of new commissioners--the European Union's (EU's) equivalent of a cabinet--put forward by incoming European Commission President Romano Prodi. If, as widely expected, the Parliament approves Prodi's team, Belgian Socialist Philippe Busquin will head the EU's $4-billion-a-year research program. Busquin is something of an unknown quantity, but he outlined his plans earlier this month at a hearing during which he was grilled by conservative members of the European Parliament.