In her statement, Ursula von der Leyen wrote: the Bulgarian commissioner resigned because Bulgarian President Rumen Radev entrusted him with the formation of a government.
Von der Leyen thanked Marija Gabriel for her service as Commissioner, saying that her three and a half years in this role had greatly contributed to advancing the European Commission’s priorities.
I am particularly grateful to Commissioner Gabriel for her excellent implementation of the Horizon Europe innovation programme, her strong promotion of innovation and start-ups through the European Innovation Council and her personal commitment to the success of the European Year of Youth
– he said.
The president of the EU commission wrote: he is sure that the European experience gained in the board of commissioners will be utilized in Bulgaria.
He also announced that, pending the appointment of the new commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, the EU commissioner responsible for competition policy, and Margarítisz Szkínász, the EU commissioner responsible for the promotion of the European lifestyle, will be responsible for supervising the portfolio of Marija Gabriel, with immediate effect. Vestager will be responsible for innovation and research, while Szkínász will be responsible for education, culture and youth.
43-year-old Marija Gabriel has been a member of the European Commission since 2017, previously she was a representative of the European Parliament.
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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