Schedule: commissioner candidate hearings in Parliament 

MEPs will examine the suitability of the candidates during public hearings at the Parliament  

Parliament’s committees will assess the fitness of the commissioners-designate for their proposed posts during public hearings. Watch them live online.

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):

Commissioner Assigned portfolio Responsible committees Associated committees
Monday 30 September
14.30 - 17.30 Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia) Interinstitutional relations and foresight Constitutional affairs/legal affairs Petitions/Industry, research and energy
18.30 -21.30 Phil Hogan (Ireland) Trade International trade
Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria) Innovation and youth Industry, research and energy/culture and education
Tuesday 1 October
9.00-12.00 Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg) Jobs Employment Economic affairs
Jutta Urpilainen (Finland) International partnerships Development
14.30-17.30 Janusz Wojciechowski (Poland) Agriculture Agriculture Environment
Ylva Johansson (Sweden) Home affairs Civil liberties, justice and home affairs
18.30-21.30 Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus) Health Environment Agriculture
Wednesday 2 October
9.00-12.00 Didier Reynders (Belgium) Justice Civil liberties, justice and home affairs/legal affairs Internal market and consumer protection
14.30-17.30 Helena Dalli (Malta) Equality Gender equality/employment Civil liberties, justice and home affairs
Sylvie Goulard (France) Internal market Internal market and consumer protection/industry, research and energy Legal affairs/culture and education
18.30-21.30 Elisa Ferreira (Portugal) Cohesion and reforms Regional development Budgets/economic affairs
Janez Lenarčič (Slovenia) Crisis management Development Environment
Thursday 3 October
9.00-12.00 Paolo Gentiloni (Italy) Economy Economic affairs Budgets/employment
Kadri Simson (Estonia) Energy Industry, research and energy Environment
14.30-17.30 Virginijus Sinkevičius (Lithuania) Environment and oceans Fisheries/environment
Johannes Hahn (Austria) Budget and administration Budgets/budgetary controls Legal affairs
18.30-21.30 Margaritis Schinas (Greece) Protecting our European way of life Civil liberties, justice and home affairs/culture and education Employment
Dubravka Šuica (Croatia) Democracy and demography. Constitutional affairs Employment
Monday 7 October
14.30-17.30 Věra Jourová (Czech Republic) Values and transparency Constitutional affairs/civil liberties, justice and home affairs Legal affairs
Josep Borrell (Spain) EU foreign policy chief Foreign affairs
Tuesday 8 October
9.00-12.00 Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia) Financial services Economic affairs/employment Budgets
14.30-17.30 Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) Competition Industry, research and energy/internal market and consumer protection/economic affairs Legal affairs
18.30-21.30 Frans Timmermans (Netherlands) European Green Deal Environment Industry, research and energy/transport

As three of the candidates were withdrawn, there were additional hearings on Thursday 14 November:


Assigned portfolio

Responsible committees

Associated committees

Thursday 14 November


Olivér Várhelyi (Hungary),

Neighbourhood and enlargement

Foreign affairs


Adina-Ioana Vălean (Romania)


Transport and tourism


Thierry Breton (France)

Internal market

Internal market and consumer protection; industry, research and energy

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. They must each be assessed by the European Parliament committees covering the portfolio for which they have been proposed, before the Parliament votes on the Commission as a whole.

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. Each hearing will last three hours and be streamed live.

Next steps

After the hearings, the committees prepare evaluation letters on the candidates. Parliament is then expected to vote on the new Commission as a whole. Find out more detail about the process in our infographic.