Influence Index 2020: Most Influential Estonian MEPs

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 27 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons check out the full study.

The analysis uses data and insights from the one-year period up to August 2020. There have since been some changes in European parliamentary seats and leadership positions. 


1) Yana Toom (Eesti Keskerakond, Renew Europe) is Coordinator of Petitions for Renew Europe as well as the Vice-Chair of Committee on Petitions. She is serving her second term in the EP. Her former positions include Coordinator on the Committee on Culture and Education for her parliamentary group. She is experienced on issues of poverty and employment as she is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. Importantly, she was chosen to be a rapporteur on a report on employment and social policies of the Eurozone.

2) Andrus Ansip (Eesti Reformierakond, Renew Europe) is an influential figure in both the European institutions and national politics. During the previous parliamentary term, he was European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (later changed to Digital Single Market). Previously, he was both Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs of Estonia.

3) Sven Mikser (Sotsiaaldemokraatlik Erakond, S&D) is an influential figure in issues related to foreign affairs and defense. In spite of being a new MEP, he holds the position of Coordinator of Security and Defence (SEDE) for S&D, the second largest group in the European Parliament, as well as the Vice-Chair Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He was assigned a report on the challenges and prospects for multilateral arms control and disarmament.

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Read our overall assessment on the most politically influential MEPs in the European Parliament and the most politically influential MEPs on different policy areas.

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