Wednesday, July 21, 1999 Published at 19:21 GMT 20:21 UK
EU president seeks public confidence
MEPs will vote on the new commission in September
The President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, has called for the credibility of the European Union to be rebuilt.
He said his aim was to wipe out fraud, cut waste and bureaucracy and put Brussels "at the service of the public".
End to rows
And the commission president made it plain that part of the process of rebuilding confidence in Europe was an end to rows between institutions.
He told the 626-member assembly: "It is a top quality team and a well-balanced team. Every member has a proven track record."
He pointed to the lack of any major change in the commission's organisational structure since the 1950s: "That is why we now have to proceed to a fundamental examination of the way the institution works."
The nominees will be scrutinised by different parliamentary committees between 30 August and 7 September, ahead of a vote on 15 September on whether to approve them.
The new President of the Parliament, Nicole Fontaine, said they would look for competence, transparency and political balance from the new team.
The outgoing commission resigned en masse in March after damning criticism of its handling of corruption in its own ranks.