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Digital commissioner comes online

Mariya Gabriel, a Bulgarian former MEP, has started her new role as commissioner for the digital economy and society.

Gabriel took up her post at the European Commission on 10 July, after her nomination by the Bulgarian government was approved by the European Council and European Parliament last week. She replaces fellow Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva, who moved to the World Bank in January.

As digital commissioner, Gabriel has been tasked with working on digital innovation, data protection, cybersecurity, digital skills, copyright law and completing the EU’s digital single market. Her appointment is for the remainder of the Commission’s current term, which ends on 31 October 2019.

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