The nominees are decided by the President-elect and national governments. Hearings will be assessed by the European Parliament committees covering the portfolio for which they have been proposed. The European Parliament will vote then on the Commission as a whole.
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):
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. All LIVE hearings will last three hours and will be streamed live.
After the hearings, the committees prepare evaluation letters on the candidates. Parliament is expected to vote on the new Commission as a whole on 23 October.