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Bulgarian MEP set to be digital commissioner

The European Parliament has given Mariya Gabriel the green light to become Bulgaria’s new top-level representative at the European Commission.

MEPs backed Gabriel’s appointment yesterday by 517 votes to 77, with 89 abstentions. She now looks very likely to be approved by the European Council to replace Kristalina Georgieva as Bulgaria’s commissioner, following Georgieva’s move to the World Bank in January.

Gabriel, who is herself an MEP with the centre-right European People’s Party, is set to become the digital commissioner. In May, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker wrote in his ‘mission letter’ to Gabriel that he would want her to work on digital innovation, data protection, completing the EU’s digital single market, cybersecurity, digital skills and copyright law. 

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