For or Against? How European Parliamentarians Are Shaping the Future of the EU

Executive summary

In the context of the debate on the future of the EU, which was triggered by the Brexit referendum and the rise of nationalism, it is crucial for the European public to understand who shapes the plans for reforming the EU and what the views of these influencers are.

To this purpose, VoteWatch Europe looked into key parliamentary activities and the votes of the MEPs on a set of crucial decisions to assess who are the most influential MEPs on constitutional affairs and in which direction each MEP and political faction pulls.

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Powerful but Divided: The EU Parliamentarians Who Influence Digital and Telecommunication Policy

We are in the midst of the digital revolution. Individuals, businesses and policy makers alike are scrambling to make sense of the challenges and opportunities that new technologies create. It’s complicated to regulate an ecosystem that is so dynamic, complex, and fresh – although some think that it’s necessary.

European institutions have been making efforts to protect citizens and give everyone a fair chance to benefit from the digital expansion. Continue Reading

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

*First published on the 21st of March, this the study has been updated to take into account the report 2013/0442(COD), which was initially left out of the study due to an inaccuracy of the Legislative Observatory of the European Parliament, which is an official website of the EU institution that tracks the  legislation (and which is thus independent from VoteWatch Europe). 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