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. Between 2017 and 2019, Mariya Gabriel was Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She was elected Member of the EP in 2009, 2014 and 2019. She is First VicePresident of the EPP, and since 2012 Vice-President of EPP Women.
The Commissioner is known for her involvement in the fight for gender equality. She earned the “Women of Influence 2018” award in the category “Talent in Politics”, and the prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for women. The USA-Central European Women in Business Summit presented her with the 2019 award for her initiatives in favour of greater participation and recognition of women in the digital sector.