Timetable for hearings by the Parliament 


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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.