Marc Lemaître has been appointed to lead the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission from 16 February 2023.
Lemaître will take over from acting Director General Signe Ratso, one of the two deputy Director Generals of the DG. Ms Ratso took on the post temporarily after the departure of Jean-Eric Paquet who had been leading the DG since 2018 and was appointed as EU ambassador to Japan in summer 2022.
Marc Lemaître is curently still Director General of DG REGIO (Regional and Urban Policy) and already looks back at a long career at the European Commission. He is a Luxembourgish national, has served in several Commissioners’ Cabinets and is experienced in numerous EU policy areas, including the EU budget.
The work of DG REGIO has links to Horizon Europe when it comes to ongoing efforts in the area of synergies with the Structural funds.