Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society since July 2017. The overall objective within her overarching portfolio aims at the full realisation of the Digital Single Market. Her strategic vision has consistently placed European citizens at the centre of our policies, helping them acquire digital skills to succeed the digital transformation process. She has focused her efforts on putting forward an ambitious digital programme in the context of the next MFF, investing in HPC, AI, cybersecurity, but also the creative, audiovisual industries and media, bringing benefits to all European citizens. She has extensively engaged with external EU partners to enhance digital cooperation, in particular with the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region.
She served as Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to July 2017. Being the EPP Group Vice-President, she tackled issues related to EU enlargement, Mediterranean region, Middle East and Africa and focused on priorities, e.g. security, migration, women issues. Mariya Gabriel also has considerable achievements in the area of the EU visa policy – she is the EP rapporteur on 1/3 of all EU visa liberalisation agreements. She was awarded twice the prestigious prize “MEP of the year” – in 2016 for the Development category, and in 2013 for the Gender equality category. She is the 2018 winner of the prize “Tecnovisionarie” awarding excellence in research, technology, innovation and business. In 2018 she was awarded the most prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” by Marissa Bellisario Foundation.
In 2017 she was honoured with the Royal Spanish Order of Civil Merit for her contribution to the foreign relations of the country and 2016 – with the Columbian Order of San Carlos for merits to the country in international relations and diplomacy.