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Mariya Gabriel Resigns from European Commission
Mariya Gabriel Resigns from European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen (EU photo)

EC President Ursula von der Leyen announced Monday that Mariya Gabriel has resigned as EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, to be able to accept a mandate to form a government in Bulgaria.

Von der Leyen said: "Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has informed me that today she will be presented to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria [as Prime Minister-designate] to receive the institutional mandate to form a government. She has therefore submitted her resignation as a member of the College of Commissioners. I have accepted her resignation. I would like to thank Mariya Gabriel for her service as Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth. In her three and a half years in this role, she has made a great contribution to advancing the Commission priorities in this area." 

In the meantime, Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and Vice-President Margaritis Schinas will be in charge of overseeing Commissioner Gabriel's portfolio, with immediate effect. Vestager will be responsible for innovation and research, while Schinas will be in charge of education, culture and youth.

As BTA informed earlier, President Rumen Radev on Monday handed over the first exploratory mandate for forming a government to GERB-UDF's candidate for prime minister Gabriel.

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