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Welcome to the European Parliament's webpage for the investiture procedure of the 2004-2009 Commission.

The current European Commission's five-year term draws to a close and on 1 November 2004 a new College of Commissioners will take up office for the five-year term 2004-2009.

However, before the new executive body of the European Union can take up its duties, it needs to receive the European Parliament's approval.

On 22 July the European Parliament approved Mr José Manuel DURÃO BARROSO as Mr Romano PRODI's successor as future President of the Commission.

Once the Commission President has drawn together his team, the European Parliament's specialised committees will conduct a series of hearings with the 24 Commissioners designate in preparation of Parliament's vote of approval on the new College of Commissioners as a whole. These hearings will take place between 27 September and 8 October in Brussels.

Based on the outcome of the hearings, the European Parliament will proceed to a formal vote of approval during its October part-session in Strasbourg. The Parliament's approval on the composition of the new Commission is a condition for the formal appointment of the new Commission by the Council of Ministers.

For details on the investiture procedure and the hearings of the Commissioners designate, please click on the respective menu items on the left.

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