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Who is Maria Gabriel?

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Maria Ivanova Gabriel is the proposal of the first political force in the parliament for Prime Minister of Bulgaria. This became clear from the rostrum of the Bulgarian National Assembly.

GERB leader Boyko Borisov proposed EU Commissioner Maria Gabriel as prime minister from the rostrum of the parliament, reports OFFNews.

Yesterday, May 9, 2023, Boyko Borisov announced that there will be a government with a prime minister nominated by them, who will be presented to the parliamentary groups. He described the candidate as “undisputed” and a person who can lead the country out of the economic crisis, work on the adoption of the laws on PMV and bring the country into the Eurozone and Schengen. Borisov described their nomination as a “smart and handsome” person.

She was born on May 20, 1979 in Hadjidimovo. In 1997, he graduated from the “Dr. Petar Beron” Language High School, Kyustendil, and in 2001 he obtained a bachelor’s degree in “Bulgarian and French Philology” at the “Paisii Hilendarski” University of Plovdiv.

He continued his education at the Institute of Political Sciences in Bordeaux, France, where he studied international relations, history of European institutions, political sociology, comparative politics. He completed his MA in “Comparative Politics and International Relations” at the Doctoral Academy of Political Sciences, Bordeaux in 2003. From 2004 to 2008, he was an assistant researcher at the Institute of Political Sciences in Bordeaux.

From 2012 to 2014, she was the coordinator of the EPP in the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament.

On October 19, 2012, Maria Gabriel /Nedelcheva by father/ was elected as the vice-president of the EPP Women.

In June 2013, she was elected MEP of the Year in the Gender Equality category.

From July 7, 2017 to December 1, 2019, she was European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society in the Juncker Commission. He then became European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth in the Von der Leyen Commission.

A central place in its extra-parliamentary activity is occupied by initiatives aimed at young people.

According to the EC website, her responsibilities are:

Ensuring rapid agreement on the future Horizon Europe program and its full implementation.

Securing investment flows for ground-breaking research and cutting-edge innovation, including within the framework of the European Innovation Council.

Development of the European research area in cooperation with the member states.

Ensuring complementarity between research priorities and the economy.

Leading the Commission’s work on the creation of a European Education Area by 2025.

Promoting excellence and networking between European universities and implementing the European Universities initiative.

Update the digital education action plan and raise awareness about misinformation and other online threats.

Ensuring the full implementation of the new European agenda for culture, promoting the creative sector and promoting the Creative Europe programme.

Promoting sport as a means of inclusion and well-being, extending the EU Sports Awards initiative under the motto #BeInclusive and the European Week of Sport.

Strengthening international cooperation in the field of education, scientific research, innovation and culture.

Maria Gabriel is married with one child.

Among her indisputable advantages are that she is quite well educated and has an enviable experience in European institutions. He knows the workings of the union inside out and can do a lot of work on passing the laws needed to get the Recovery and Resilience Plan funds.

According to informed sources, the idea to propose a young, educated woman came from the German party foundations, which have expertise in Bulgaria and influence in GERB.

Photo credit: commissioners.ec.europa.eu/mariya-gabriel_bg

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