Key Hearings at the European Parliament



This series of briefings on the hearings of the Commissioners proposed to the European Parliament by Ursula von der Leyen, analyses the performance of a number of key candidates and identifies their most important policy priorities. These priorities reflect to varying degrees the original mandate issued by President-elect von der Leyen. It also evaluates the relevance of these priorities for Ireland.

These briefings are part of the Future of the EU27 project, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

See below for the original timeline of this process. However, given recent developments delays to this process may occur.


10 September 2019: President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, presented her proposed College of Commissioners and their portfolios.

30 September – 8 October 2019: Hearings of Commissioners-designate were held following the examination of each candidate’s financial interests. Following each hearing, the relevant committees submit a letter of evaluation.

15 October 2019: The Conference of Committee Chairs of the European Parliament assesses the outcome of the hearings and presents conclusions to the Conference of Presidents.

17 October 2019: The Conference of Presidents of the Parliament decides if the hearings can be considered closed.

23 October 2019: The entire College of Commissioners is put to a confirmatory vote in plenary.

1 November 2019: The new European Commission is expected to take office.



Frans Timmermans

Executive Vice President-Designate for the European Green Deal



Paolo Gentiloni

Commissioner-Designate for the Economy



Maroš Šefčovič

Commission Vice-President-Designate for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight



Didier Reynders

Commissioner-Designate for Justice



Valdis Dombrovskis

Executive Vice-President-Designate for An Economy that Works for People



Margrethe Vestager

Executive Vice-President-Designate for Europe Fit for the Digital Age



Sylvie Goulard

Commissioner-Designate for the Internal Market



Stella Kyriakides

Commissioner-Designate for Health



Margaritis Schinas

Commission Vice-President-Designate for Protecting Our European Way of Life



Phil Hogan

Commissioner-Designate for Trade



Josep Borrell

Vice-President-Designate for a Stronger Europe in the World



Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner-Designate for Innovation and Youth