After a long period of inaction, Bulgaria tabled its proposal for a new Commissioner, after Kristalina Georgieva’s resignation.
After the announcement of Mariya Gabriel, the candidate for Commissioner from Bulgaria’s name, wveryone was waiting for the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to announce her portfolio allocation.
On Tuesday, Juncker met with Gabriel during Strasbourg’s plenary session f the European Parliament and after interviewing the new candidate, he announced his intention to allocate the Digital Economy and Society portfolio.
Gabriel as the new Digital Economy and Society Commissioner will support the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy that the European Commission adopted in May 2015.
The new Commissioner’s mandate will also include contribution to delivering a Digital Single Market, as described to her mission letter. Gabriel will therefore 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.
European Parliament consultation comes next
Procedurally, Gabriel is appointed by the Council of the EU along with the Commission president, after consultation of the European Parliament. The new Bulgarian Commissioner is expected to be interviewed by her past candidates from the corresponding Committee of the European Parliament.
From the moment the Council formally consults the European Parliament, Mariya Gabriel will be Commissioner-Designate and will then have the right to draw on the relevant Commission services to prepare for her exchange of views with the European Parliament.