Tints of Green: Who Influences Environmental Policy in the European Parliament and How?

There is commitment at the European level to protect our air, water and soil from pollution and to promote a sustainable future. “In 2050, we live well, within the planet’s ecological limits. Our prosperity and healthy environment stem from an innovative, circular economy where nothing is wasted and where natural resources are managed sustainably, and biodiversity is protected, valued and restored in ways that enhance our society’s resilience.” This is the vision of the Environment Action Programme, that will be guiding European environment policy until 2020. Continue Reading

Who are the most influential MEPs on energy policy?

The European Commission has just launched its new legislative (Winter) package that will substantially reform the energy market of the European Union. However, in order for these ideas to be transposed into actual EU law, they must first pass through the democratic filter of the European Parliament and the Council. This analysis looks into who are the Members of the European Parliament that are currently exerting the greatest influence on energy-related issues and who are likely to be the spearheads in shaping the newly released dossiers. Continue Reading

Why Schulz’s return to Germany is good for the European Union

A President of the European Parliament goes back to national politics. Martin Schulz has spent 22 years in EU politics, being contemporary with events that have torn apart Europe. He experienced the adoption of euro, the failure of the Constitutional Treaty, as well as the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the Greek debt crises, the migration crisis, Brexit and rise of nationalism in Europe. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Slovenian MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members State. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Tanja Fajon, member of the Social Democrats (S&D), is the most influential MEPs from Slovenia. Slovenian MEPs, despite their low number, are the most influential on neighbourhood and enlargement policy (on average), and Fajon is no exception to this rule. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Luxembourgish MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

A member of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party, Mady Delvaux (S&D), is the most influential Luxembourgish MEP in the EP. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Slovakian MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Anna Záborská  is the most influential Slovak in the EP. She is a doctor, although she started her political career already in 1999. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Finnish MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Petri Sarvamaa is the most influential Finnish MEP over the first half of this 8th term.  He has an atypical background: he worked as a freelance sport reporter and was the international coordinator and foreign editor of a TV channel: YLE TV news. Continue Reading

Top 5 most influential Czech MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Pavel Poc, member of Czech Social Democratic Party (S&D) and Petr Ježek, member of ANO 2011 (ALDE), are the most influential Czech MEPs. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Latvian MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

The most influential Latvian MEP, Krišjānis Kariņš, was born in the United States and moved to Latvia after finishing his doctorate in Linguistics in Pennsylvania. Continue Reading

Top 3 most influential Cypriot MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

A member of the Progressive Party of Working People (GUE-NGL), Neokolis Sylikiotis, is the most influential Cypriot MEP in the European Parliament. Continue Reading