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 programmes (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 a particular attention
for young people and regions. “No one left behind” and “Think out of the box” are
Between 2017 and 2019, Mariya Gabriel was European Commissioner for Digital
Economy and Society. She proposed the new Digital Europe programme, 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 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 programme
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 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
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).