Emilian Pavel was born in 1983 in Oradea, a city in the Northwestern region of Romania. He graduated from the ''Emanuil Gojdu'' National College and studied at the University of Oradea with a specialisation in computer engineering. He also holds a Master's Degree in environmental protection. He has been involved in politics for over 15 years and he is one of the Vice Presidents of the Young Romanian Social Democrats organisation. He has held various positions within the Social Democratic party at regional and national level, and has acted as Director in the Romanian Ministry for Youth and Sport.
Emilian Pavel is now a Member of the European Parliament, working in the Committee of Employment and Social Affairs, and the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. He is also a member of the Delegation for relations with Israel, Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee, Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. His priorities in the European Parliament include Digital Agenda, regional development, youth entrepreneurship and employability, lifelong learning and education.