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Iliana Ivanova

COMMISSIONER (2023-2024)  

  • Iliana Ivanova
    Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

    Address: Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200, 1049 Brussels, Belgium

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  • Ensuring efficient implementation on the Horizon Europe programme.
  • Ensuring sufficient investment flows for disruptive research and breakthrough innovations, including through the European Innovation Council.
  • Continuing to build a true European Research Area in cooperation with Member States.
  • Ensuring that research, policy and economic priorities go hand in hand.
  • Implementing the Erasmus+ programme.
  • Leading the Commission’s work on a European Education Area to become a reality by 2025.
  • Promoting excellence and networking among European universities and implementing fully the European University Initiative.
  • Implementing the Digital Education Action Plan and increasing awareness from an early age of disinformation and other online threats
  • Maximise the potential of the exchange programmes to foster international cooperation in education, research and innovation.
  • Ensuring the full implementation of the New European Agenda for Culture, strengthening Europe’s commitment to preserving and protecting the cultural heritage.
  • Promoting creative industries as a catalyst for innovation, jobs and growth and maximise the potential of an ambitious Creative Europe Programme.
  • Promoting sport as a tool for inclusion and well-being, continuing to expand the #BeInclusive EU Sports Awards and the European Week of Sport.
  • Fostering cultural cooperation as a part of the Union’s partnerships with countries around the world.

Mission letter

4 JULY 2023
President von der Leyen's mission letter to Iliana Ivanova
  • български
    (1.65 MB - PDF)


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Commissioner Ivanova participates in the meeting of the College of Commissioners
  • Brussels, Belgium
Commissioner Ivanova visits Sofia Tech Park
  • Sofia, Bulgaria


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  1. 2023 – present
    European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  2. 2013 – 2023
    Member of the European Court of Auditors
  3. 2009 – 2012
    Member of the European Parliament
  4. 2007 – 2009
    Member of Sofia City Council
  5. 2004 – 2006
    Investment and business analyst in various financial and banking institutions in the US
  6. 1999 – 2002
    Coordinator for international financial institutions for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Iliana Ivanova's biography

Declaration of interests

14 FEBRUARY 2024
Declaration of interests - Iliana Ivanova