Parliament’s committees will assess the fitness of the commissioners-designate for their proposed posts in public LIVE hearings between 30 September and 8 October. Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen announced the portfolios of her proposed College of Commissioners on 10 September.
The nominees are decided by the President-elect and national governments. Hearings will be assessed by the European Parliament committees covering the portfolio for which they have been proposed. The European Parliament will vote then on the Commission as a whole.
On 19 September, the Conference of Presidents, made up of President David Sassoli and the political group leaders, approved the agenda of the hearings (all times are CET):
Monday 30 September – LIVE Hearings
Tuesday 1 October – LIVE Hearings
Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg) Jobs
Jutta Urpilainen (Finland) International partnerships
Janusz Wojciechowski (Poland) Agriculture
Ylva Johansson (Sweden) Home affairs
László Trócsányi (Hungary) Neighbourhood and enlargement
Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus) Health
Wednesday 2 October – LIVE Hearings
Didier Reynders (Belgium) Justice
Rovana Plumb (Romania) Transport
Helena Dalli (Malta) Equality
Sylvie Goulard (France) Internal market
Elisa Ferreira (Portugal) Cohesion and reforms
Janez Lenarčič (Slovenia) Crisis management
Thursday 3 October – LIVE Hearings
Paolo Gentiloni (Italy) Economy
Kadri Simson (Estonia) Energy
Virginijus Sinkevičius (Lithuania) Environment and oceans
Johannes Hahn (Austria) Budget and administration
Margaritis Schinas (Greece) Protecting our European way of life
Dubravka Šuica (Croatia) Democracy and demography
Monday 7 October – LIVE Hearings
Tuesday 8 October – LIVE Hearings
MEPs will assess if each nominee is fit for the position proposed and ready to deliver on the programme that von der Leyen outlined to Parliament in July. All LIVE hearings will last three hours and will be streamed live.
After the hearings, the committees prepare evaluation letters on the candidates. Parliament is expected to vote on the new Commission as a whole on 23 October.