Timetable for hearings by the Parliament
29 September to 7 October: public hearings of Commissioners-designate before the parliamentary committees relevant to their proposed fields of responsibility.
22 October: European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg where the Commission President, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and candidate Vice-President of the Commission and other Commissioners-designate need to be approved in a vote of consent by Parliament by a majority of votes cast. If approved, they can be appointed by the Council, acting by a qualified majority.
1 November: the European Commission 2014-2019 starts its mandate and takes office.