Mariya Gabriel nominated as EU digital commissioner
The tech industry is ‘relieved’ that Bulgaria’s nominee for European Commissioner will oversee digital policies, filling a gap left open for four months after Günther Oettinger transferred to the budget post, comments EurActiv. “The European Commission approved Bulgarian centre-right MEP Mariya Gabriel for the job and tech lobbyists want her to step in and save a handful of pending draft bills that are trudging through rocky negotiations among EU member states and in the European Parliament. Two years after the EU executive started its digital single market initiative, the 16-point strategy to improve technology policies across the EU, the Commission is stuck in trialogue discussions over some of its most controversial legal proposals, including overhauls of copyright and telecoms laws.” Gabriel is a 37-year-old MEP who was elected into the Parliament in 2009, where she has focused in part on security and foreign affairs. The commissioner role in charge of the digital economy and society would make Gabriel responsible for DG Connect, the executive’s tech policy arm and she would report to commission VPs Andrus Ansip and Jyrki Katainen. Ansip controls the digital single market policies and temporarily took on the role overseeing DG Connect after Oettinger left the job in January.
- Thursday, 26 October 2017