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After election by the European Parliament, the new Commission can be formally appointed and take office. Its mandate is the same length as the legislature: five years. During this period, the Parliament will oversee the Commission's work and discuss its political priorities, as well as its legislative and budgetary proposals.

Under Article 17 of the Treaty on European Union the European Parliament’s approval of the European Commission has two stages: in the first, Parliament elects the candidate proposed by the European Council for President of the Commission. The selection of Mr Jean Claude Juncker for a term of five years will be proposed to the Parliament on July 2014.

In a second stage, Parliament approves the whole Commission as a body. To prepare for its vote it considers in detail the candidates whom the Council has proposed as Commissioners by common accord with the EC President, and in the light of the portfolios that he intends to give them.

Since 1995, commissioners-designate have been required to appear before an EP hearing. Parliament evaluates the Commissioners-designate on the basis of their general competence, European commitment and personal independence. It also assesses their knowledge of the prospective portfolio and their communication skills. Parliament takes particular account of the need for gender balance. It may express views on the allocation of portfolios proposed by the President-elect.
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