What happens after the new Parliament is elected? Learn more about the next steps in our infographic.
Between 23 and 26 May, Europeans will vote to elect the 751 MEPs to represent them for the next five years. It will then be up to those MEPs to elect the next European Commission President and approve the whole Commission as a whole.
European political parties have chosen lead candidates to stand for the presidency of the Commission. After the elections, and taking into account the results, EU leaders will propose a candidate for Commission President. Parliament has said that it will not accept a candidate who has not participated in the lead candidate process. Parliament will vote on the new president in July.
It is then up to EU countries to propose commissioners, in cooperation with the new Commission President.
The commissioners-designate will be examined by the parliamentary committees responsible for their proposed portfolios before MEPs vote on whether to approve the entire Commission in plenary.
The new European Commission should take office on 1 November.