Iliana Ivanova has been confirmed as new European Commissioner for Culture

After being nominated on 28 June 2023 by Ursula von der Leyen, Iliana Ivanova was approved as the new Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth by the European Parliament on 12 September.

On 5 September, the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and the Culture and Education Committee held a three-hour hearing to assess Iliana Ivanova’s suitability to replace Mariya Gabriel. On 12 September, 522 Members of Parliament voted in favour, 27 against and 51 abstained.  Commissioner Ivanova will replace Mariya Gabriel, who resigned as EU Commissioner on 15 May to become Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Bulgaria.

Iliana Ivanov (Bulgaria) has been a member of the European Court of Auditors since 2013. Beforehand, she was a former member of the European Parliament (between 2009 and 2012). During her term in the Parliament she was a vice chair of the Committee on budgetary control.

NEMO wishes Iliana Ivanova best of luck in her new role and looks forward to collaborating on topics relating to museums and culture.