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European elections 2014

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • "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.
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  • Meet the European Parliament's political groups
    The European Parliament is a political institution where different ideas on issues from the EU's spending priorities to privacy rights and trade relations are hotly contested. Political groups play an essential role in this clash of ideas, as they bring together like-minded representatives from across Europe and give them a voice in the decision-making process. Find out from our dedicated page what groups there are at the start of the new term, what they stand for and who their leaders are.
     Read more: Meet the European Parliament's political groups 
  • EU time machine: how European politics have changed our daily lives over the last 35 years
    With the European Parliament starting a new five-year term and the next European Commission being formed, it’s time to take a look back at how the EU has changed our lives over the last 35 years. Our time machine app will take you back to 1979, the year of the first European elections. Read on for a trip to the past.
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