Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament
8th parliamentary term - September 2016
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TITLE V : RELATIONS WITH OTHER BODIES
CHAPTER 1 : APPOINTMENTS

Rule 117 : Election of the President of the Commission

1.   When the European Council proposes a candidate for President of the Commission, the President shall request the candidate to make a statement and present his or her political guidelines to Parliament. The statement shall be followed by a debate.

The European Council shall be invited to take part in the debate.

2.   Parliament shall elect the President of the Commission by a majority of its component Members.

The vote shall be taken by secret ballot.

3.   If the candidate is elected, the President shall inform the Council accordingly, asking it and the President-elect of the Commission to propose by common accord the nominees for the various posts of Commissioners.

4.   If the candidate does not obtain the required majority, the President shall invite the European Council to propose a new candidate within one month for election in accordance with the same procedure.

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