Bulgaria nominates new candidate for Commissioner
On 10 April 2017, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov nominated Mrs. Mariya Gabrial as the candidate to replace former Member of the Commission Kristalina Georgieva. President Juncker received this proposal, following the decision of former Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva to resign as Commissioner responsible for Budget and Human Resources. After Ms. Georgieva's resignation, Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger had become responsible for Budget and Human Resources as of 1 January 2017, while President Juncker had temporarily assigned the Digital Economy and Society portfolio to Vice-President Andrus Ansip.
The next step is now for President Jean-Claude Juncker to receive Mariya Gabriel for an interview. Procedurally, the appointment of a new Commissioner of Bulgarian nationality requires common accord between the President of the Commission and the Council after the consultation of the European Parliament. In addition, the Interinstitutional Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission, requires the President of the Commission to “seriously consider” the results of the consultation of the European Parliament – which will have an exchange of views with the candidate – before giving his accord to the decision of the Council to appoint the new Commissioner.