Each candidate is assessed by the EP committees that deal with his/her portfolio.
Written procedure: the commissioner-designate has to provide written replies to five questions from MEPs.
The commissioner-designate is invited to a three-hour hearing, streamed live online, in front of the EP committees responsible for the portfolio he or she has been assigned. The candidate makes an opening speech of maximum 15 minutes and should then answer questions.
Evaluation meeting. The responsible committee has to finalise its evaluation within 24 hours following the hearing. It can ask for further information in writing.
A separate evaluation report for each Commissioner-designate is sent to the Conference of Committee Chairs and to the Conference of Presidents of the EP, which, unless it decides to seek further information and following an exchange of views, declares the hearings closed.