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19 May 2017

Juncker allocates Digital Economy & Society portfolio to new Bulgarian Commissioner

President Juncker has announced his intention to allocate the Digital Economy and Society portfolio to Mariya Gabriel, the candidate for Commissioner from Bulgaria. Mariya Gabriel was proposed by the Bulgarian Government as Commissioner to replace former Member of the Commission Kristalina Georgieva.

The Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society will support the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy that the European Commission adopted in May 2015 and on the basis of which it presented a mid-term review on 10 May 2017. She will contribute to delivering a Digital Single Market helping to lay the groundwork for Europe's digital future with pan-continental telecoms networks, digital services that cross borders and a wave of innovative European start-ups. She will also contribute to projects steered and coordinated by Vice-President Andrus Ansip in charge of the Digital Single Market and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.

As a next step, the European Parliament will be consulted. The new Commissioner of Bulgaria then will be appointed formally by the Council of the EU by common accord with the President of the Commission.

Photo: European Parliament

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