European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, and Youth
Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth, and Sport. Under her leadership, the new Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, and the cultural strand of Creative Europe programs (2021-2027) will be defined and implemented. Her main priorities are excellence in research, innovation, and education (ERA, EEA, EIA); tackling the R&I divide in Europe; Europe as a leader in strategic innovation areas through the digital and green transition, with particular attention for young people and regions. “No one left behind” and “Think out of the box” are her mottos.
Between 2017 and 2019, Mariya Gabriel was European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She proposed the new Digital Europe program, worked on EU Strategy on AI, disinformation online, cybersecurity, and launched the EuroHPC strategy. She has extensively engaged with external EU partners to enhance digital cooperation, in particular with the Western Balkans and Africa. She was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 2009, 2014, and 2019. Mariya Gabriel is First Vice-President of the European People's Party (EPP), and, since 2012, Vice-President of EPP Women. Commissioner Gabriel is a board member of the United Nations youth program Generation Unlimited (GenU). She has been ranked among the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity by the leading European cybersecurity magazine SC Media UK (2019).
Mariya Gabriel is also known for her involvement in the fight for gender equality. Among others, she received the prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for the highest achievements for women. At the European Parliament, she was awarded twice "MEP of the year" - in 2016 for the Development category, and in 2013 for the Gender Equality category. In November 2020, Commissioner Gabriel received the Annual Award of the Vienna Economic Forum "Partner of the Year 2020" for contribution to the economic development, rewarding Ms. Gabriel’s vision of a European knowledge strategy comprising the European Education Area, the European Research Area, and the new Digital Education Action Plan.
She holds a Master's degree in political sciences and international relations from the Institute of Political Studies (Bordeaux, FR) and a Bachelor’s degree in Bulgarian and French Languages from “Paisii Hilendarski” University (Plovdiv, BG). She also graduated from “Dr.Petar Beron” Language High School (Kyustendil, BG).