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From where are the nominees for the President of the European Commission sourced?

This answer says:

"The European Parliament (the parties elected by EU citizens directly) nominates candidates. While not strictly codified in European law, it is common practice that each party group of the parliament nominates one person (this process is just described with the sentence "Taking into account the elections to the European Parliament and after having held the appropriate consultations" in 17.7. The practice of party group appointment grew historically)."

But where do the party groups look for their nominees? Their own members? Their friends? Elected officials somewhere?

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    Possible duplicate of Who nominates EU commissioners? – Philipp Jun 16 '16 at 13:55
  • that question does not answer the source of the presidential nominees. – Ben Jun 16 '16 at 15:21
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    Another way of stating this question would be "Who can be nominated as President of the European Commission?" Note that for the President of the US, the answer would be "from among natural-born citizens who will be 35 by inauguration." The answer in Europe could be similar or there may be no limit. That isn't answered in the claimed duplicate. – Brythan Jun 16 '16 at 16:34
  • I am not completely clear about what you want to know exactly but looking at past examples, it's typically an active or recently retired top-level politician (cabinet minister or head of government) from one of the smaller member states. Same thing of the president of the European council. Does that answer your question? – Relaxed Jun 18 '16 at 18:09

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