Former MEP
Party: Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (BG)
Country: Bulgaria
  • BRU:
    ASP 08F255 (Altiero Spinelli)
    Parlement européen
    60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
    B-1047 Bruxelles / Brussel
    Phone: +32 (0)2 2845248
    Fax:+32 (0)2 2849248
  • STR:
    LOW T11045 (Louise Weiss)
    Parlement européen
    Allée du Printemps
    BP 1024/F
    F-67070 Strasbourg cedex
    Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175248
    Fax:+33 (0)3 88 179248
My Positions in Parliament:
  • Vice-Chair - Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) - EPP Group Bureau
  • Chair - Enlargement and Mediterranean Policy
  • Member - Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria
  • Member - EPP Group Heads of National Delegation
  • Member - Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
  • Member - Maghreb
  • Member - Delegation to the UfM Parliamentary Assembly
  • Member - Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • Substitute - Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion
  • Substitute - Foreign Affairs
  • Substitute - Arab Peninsula
  • Substitute - Human Rights
  • Substitute - Women's Rights and Gender Equality

Curriculum vitae

Following her first election to the European Parliament for Bulgarian party GERB in 2009, Mariya Gabriel was nominated by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, as Chief of the EU Electoral Observation Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. On 19 October 2012 she was elected Vice-President of EPP Women.

In 2014, Mariya Gabriel became a Member of the European Parliament for a second mandate. Since then she is Head of the Bulgarian EPP Delegation and Vice-President of the EPP Group responsible for relations with Mediterranean countries.

Born in 1979, Mariya Gabriel is the only Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament who twice won the prestigious Parliament Magazine’s annual MEP Award. She received the Parliament Magazine's MEP Award in 2013 in the category "Gender equality" and in 2016 in the category "Development". In addition to this, she has also been awarded the EACA Care Prize in 2015 for her commitment to violence against women and to gender equality.

Mariya Gabriel has devoted her work to several priority areas, such as the coherence of external and internal EU policies, migration, EU visa policy, relations with Africa and Middle East and women rights.



Women saying "Stop"
13.12.2016 - 08:53

Promoting women's rights within the Eastern Partnership

The success of the Eastern Partnership also depends on greater equality between men and women Everywhere in the world, whether in public or private spaces, women and girls are victims of abuse and discrimination. Working on improving their rights...
Egyptians Celebrate The First Anniversary Of The Revolution In Tahrir Square
09.12.2016 - 13:30

Why Egypt’s stability matters for Europeans

by Elmar Brok and Mariya Gabriel, Members of the European Parliament Walking the streets of Cairo, you can see the change that the Arab Spring has brought about. The old regime has fallen. The instability which swept the country afterwards is...
Protest At Libyan Embassy In Berlin
18.11.2016 - 11:29

Libya: working with all communities is key to stabilisation

After the fall of Gaddafi, Libya entered into a difficult transition process characterised by the disintegration of the country. Libya is divided between different factions and militias which are competing for power. There are currently two...


Press releases

Employment, Job, Search
15.06.2017 - 10:02

EPP Group backs revised EU Blue Card for qualified workers

Today, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted a new law on the Blue Card working permits for highly-qualified non-EU nationals. The revised EU-...
map of Balkans
05.06.2017 - 13:17

EPP Group takes stock of situation in Western Balkans

For the sixth time the EPP Group gathers MEPs, other EU politicians and political leaders from the Western Balkans close to our political family to take stock of the challenges before them on path...
Ukrainian passport
17.05.2017 - 14:59

Finally, visa-free travel to EU for Ukrainians

Ukrainians will be able to travel visa-free to most of the EU about a month after the final signing of the Regulation in the European Parliament today. This is the result of a long process...



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