The leader of the European Research Council has surrendered, the EU affirmed on Wednesday, apparently in fight at the alliance’s treatment of its coronavirus reaction.
Mauro Ferrari, who just took over as leader of the ERC in January, told the Financial Times he was “very frustrated” by the EU’s reaction to the pandemic, which has hit Italy and Spain especially hard.
A representative for the Europan Commission, the coalition’s official that manages the ERC, affirmed Ferrari had surrendered with quick impact on Tuesday.
“The Commission laments the abdication of Professor Ferrari at this beginning period in his command, and at these seasons of exceptional emergency wherein the job of EU inquire about is vital,” the representative said in an announcement.
In an announcement to the Financial Times, Ferrari said he had joined the ERC as an “intense supporter” of the EU, yet its treatment of coronavirus had adjusted his perspective.
He grumbled that the system he had proposed to battle the infection had been consistently dismissed by the ERC’s logical committee since it conflicted with the organization’s typical method for working.
The ERC, set up in 2007, is the main Europe-wide subsidizing organization for forefront inquire about, with a financial limit of more than two billion euros in 2019.