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Gabriel returns to the Berlaymont

Mariya Gabriel is another well known face in the Von der Leyen Commission. A former MEP, she became Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society in 2017 and focused on disinformation, fake news, digital skills, especially for women, and cybersecurity; she also coordinated the European media policy.

Graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux, she was a teaching and research assistant there before being elected to the European Parliament. She won a seat in the parliamentary elections of 2019, but gave that up to take up the role in the new Commission, where she was tasked with the new Innovation and Youth portfolio. After some criticism from the cultural and cultural heritage sector about the removal of culture from the portfolio title, Von Leyen announced Gabriel as the Commissioner for Youth, innovation, Education, Research and Culture to the European Parliament.

Confirmation hearing highlights