|Member of the European Parliament|
|Assumed office |
1 July 2014
|Born||26 January 1986|
Eva Maydell (born Paunova; 26 January 1986) is a Bulgarian politician. She is a member of the European Parliament (EPP Group) and President of the European Movement International
Maydell was first elected to the European Parliament in 2014 at age 28, the youngest member of the EPP Group at the time. She was re-elected in 2019 and is serving her second term as an MEP. Maydell was awarded the "Best Newcomer MEP" award and the "New Technologies" award. She was featured in Forbes' "30 under 30" Europe selection and in POLITICO's 40 most influential MEPs.
Eva Maydell was born in Sofia on 26 January 1986. She is an alumna of John Cabot University in Rome, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Oxford University Internet Institute.
Maydell stood for the European Parliament and became one of Bulgaria's seventeen MEPs on 1 July 2014. At the time, she was the youngest member of the EPP Group. In her first term from 2014 until 2019, she served on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).
In 2019, Maydell was reelected to the European Parliament where she continues to serve on the ECON committee and on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). She is a member of the Delegation for relations with Japan as well as the Delegation for relations with the United States. In 2020, Maydell will be the EPP Group rapporteur on the New European Data Strategy. Eva Maydell is also the EPP Group Coordinator/Speaker in the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age.
Maydell is Chair of the Young Members Network of the EPP Group comprising over 30 MEPs and 350 members of EU national parliaments.[better source needed] She is also Co-Chair of the European Parliament Digital and AI Intergroup.
In 2015, Maydell co-founded "Education Bulgaria 2030" - a non-profit association of more than 40 organizations and individuals, which aims to motivate young people to develop their knowledge and skills and encourages businesses to hire young people. One of the organization's main goals is to reduce functional illiteracy by 2030 and to modernize the Bulgarian educational curriculum.
In 2017, Maydell was the first woman and first Eastern European elected as President of European Movement International (EMI). In this role, Maydell hosts pan-European conferences, meetings, and initiatives that promote European unity and attempt to tackle some of Europe's biggest problems.
Maydell is the initiator of the yearly “Regulation4Innovation” conference in Brussels which brings together experts and businesspeople in the field of technology to discuss the latest developments in the sector.
Maydell is a Board Member of the World Economic Forum's Digital Leaders of Europe which seeks to seeks to develop and foster a Pan-European ecosystem by building bridges between founders, investors, and incubators as well as public figures and corporate representatives. She is also a Member of the Global Future Council of Europe.
Maydell is a Member of the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and a Member of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Europe.