Bulgaria has nominated Mariya Gabriel as its member of the European Commission. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has notified Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker of the decision, the government information service said on Wednesday. In a letter to Juncker, Borissov recalled that the two had discussed Bulgaria nomination in a telephone conversation last Friday. "I am glad to inform you that today, at its very first meeting, the Bulgarian Government decided to nominate Mariya Gabriel to this post. Given Gabriel's professional qualities and long experience in the European Parliament, I am confident that she will make an important and valuable contribution to the Commission's work," Borissov said.
Mariya Gabriel, 37, is a member of the GERB party. She has been an MEP of the Group of the European People's Party (EPP) since 2009. As of 2014, she has been EPP Group Vice-President and head of the Bulgarian Delegation in the EPP Group. She graduated in Bulgarian and French languages from Plovdiv University and continued her studies at the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux, France