Commissioner's oath

Commissioner's oath

An oath is a solemn promise. MEPs take no oath when they are elected, but Judges and Commissioners do.

The Commissioners are first appointed by a majority of the prime ministers and presidents meeting behind closed doors at a European summit. Then the whole College of Commissioners is approved by a majority in the European Parliament. Before they can start their work the commissioners also have to go to the European Court in Luxembourg and swear an oath.

Here is the text they solemnly swear before the European Court of Justice: 


Before the


pursuant to Article 17 of the Treaty on European Union and Article 245 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.


I solemnly undertake:

I formally note the undertaking of each Member State to respect this principle and not to seek to influence Members of the Commission in the performance of their tasks.

I further undertake to respect, both during and after my term of office, the obligation arising therefrom, and in particular the duty to behave with integrity and discretion as regards the acceptance, after I have ceased to hold office, of certain appointments or benefits."