Bulgaria, GERB
Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel is Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society since July 2017. Under her
leadership, the digital single market of the European commission became reality. Among her
main priorities are digital skills, cybersecurity, fight against fake news, supercomputers, ethical
artificial intelligence, Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans. In her work she enforces the
principle of placing people at the heart of the digital policy. She has created the first pan
European programme “Digital Europe” with a budget of 9.2 billion euro.

In the next term of the European Commission 2019-2024 she is Commissioner-designate for
Innovation and Youth. She will guide all EU policies relating to the Horizon Europe
programme, innovations and research, the Erasmus + programme, education and culture. Her
vision for the new portfolio encompasses Europe as leader in the digitalisation and the fight
against climate changes.

For her productive work as Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel has been honoured with numerous
awards. Among them is the award “Women of Influence 2018” in the category “Talent in
Politics”, the most prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for
women, the Beaumarchais Medal for her contribution in the protection of the interests of
European artists.

Since 2012 Mariya Gabriel is Vice-President of EPP Women. As Commissioner she has been
working on the cause of women rights and their better representation in the digital economy
and society.

In May 2009 she has been elected as Member of the European Parliament from the list
GERB/EPP. She has been re-elected as Member of the European Parliament in 2014 and
became head of the Bulgarian delegation of GERB in the EPP Group. From 2014 to 2017 she
was Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. She was responsible for the
EU’s external policy in the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean.

Mariya Gabriel has been two times elected Member of the European Parliament of the year: in
2016 in the category “Development” and in 2013 in the category “Gender equality”.