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European elections 2014

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  • Infographic: how the European Commission will get elected
    Member states have put forward their candidate commissioners, but in order for the new European Commission to be elected, they will still need to successfully pass the hearings at the European Parliament. Starting 29 September, the parliamentary committees responsible for the proposed portfolios of the candidates will question them one by one. How does this work? Find out in our infographic.
     Read more: Infographic: how the European Commission will get elected 
  • New Commission: how MEPs will scrutinise the candidate commissioners
    Candidate commissioners face a thorough scrutiny by MEPs before the new European Commission can start its five-year term. From 29 September they will have to appear in front of parliamentary committees dealing with their proposed responsibilities. These hearings will affect the Parliament’s vote on whether to approve the new Commission. Unless MEPs vote in favour, the Commission will not be able to take office.
     Read more: New Commission: how MEPs will scrutinise the candidate commissioners 
  • Candidate commissioners to appear before EP committees from 29 September
    The candidate commissioners, as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, will need to appear in hearings before parliamentary committees from 29 September to 7 October.
     Read more: Candidate commissioners to appear before EP committees from 29 September 
  • "This time it's different" - Parliamentary hearings
    Before the commissioners-designate as presented by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker can take office and start work, members of the European Parliament will exercise their power of democratic scrutiny enshrined in the Treaty by holding hearings to quiz the 27 candidates on their skills and their qualifications for the posts proposed to them.
     Read more: "This time it's different" - Parliamentary hearings  
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