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The five-year mandate of the present European Commission President expires October 31th 2014. Contrary to the restrictive provisions concerning the President of the European Council and the members of the Court of Justice the Treaty on the European Union is silent on the possibility for Commission presidents and members to be reconfirmed.
During the last 60 years most Commission presidents and members have served only one term, and there is no precedent for a president to have served more than two mandates.
Not surprisingly, recent declarations by President Barroso leaving open a certain readiness on his part for a third term have provoked a debate on the issue.
Constitutionally, it is up to the European Council to designate the next Commission president in the summer of 2014, taking into account the parliamentary elections in May.
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