Bulgarian-born Mariya Gabriel is the current European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. From 2017-2019 Ms Gabriel was European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She was also the Vice-President of the EPP Group in the European Parliament from 2014-2017. Mariya Gabriel was a Member of the European Parliament, EPP/GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) from 2009-2017. Since 2012, Mariya Gabriel has served as Vice-President of EPP Women. Prior to this, she was Parliamentary Secretary to MEPs from the GERB political party within the EPP Group in 2008-2009.