Influence Index 2020: Most Influential French 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) Pascal Canfin (Liste Renaissance – Renew Europe) is the number one French MEP on our list. He is the Chair of the highly strategic Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. According to a previous study, he has the potential to build a bridge between the centre and the left. Indeed, as a former member of the Greens/EFA group, he could contribute to driving Renew Europe’s shift to the left. The centre may be a key to shift the vote as the French delegation to Renew Europe is the largest, and the Parliament is highly fragmented. Canfin is believed to be able to push for this shift. For example, Canfin recently signed a joint letter, alongside MEPs from the centre-right to the far left, calling for the EU recovery fund to align with climate goals.

Previously, Canfin was Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis. He scores high on legislation because he is a rapporteur on key reports related to Green Deal objectives such as on fisheries control and the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as being a rapporteur for opinion in various economic and environmental policies. 

2) Younous Omarjee (La France Insoumise, GUE/NGL), comes in second on our list, most notably because he’s highly active in committee roles and in legislative procedures. According to our previous analysis, GUE/NGL may benefit from an increasing focus on social policy as problems become more pressing surrounding economic stagnation and high unemployment precipitated by the coronavirus. Given Omarjee’s strategic position as Chair of the Regional Development Committee and a member of the Budgetary Control Committee, he will be well placed within his party to influence how the EP approaches these issues. As a rapporteur and rapporteur for opinion, many of the pieces of legislation which he worked on dealt with matters relating to the allocation of the budget and regional development. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Omarjee has been a rapporteur on numerous pieces of legislation to mobilise regional resources to help combat the outbreak. 

3) Karima Delli (Europe Écologie, Greens/EFA), as Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism elected for the second time, comes in third on our influence ranking. Given Transport and Tourism’s relation to many sectors, Delli has had to handle legislation in the EP touching on subjects ranging from the economy to the environment. During the previous term, she was known for being the Vice-president of a commission of inquiry on fraud in anti-pollution tests following the dieselgate. She is currently rapporteur on measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport.

For more information about the methodology and the rest of the assessment, contact us at [email protected].

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

Also read the other updated assessments by country:

AustriaBelgium – Bulgaria – CroatiaCyprus – Czechia – Denmark – Estonia – Finland – Germany – Greece – Hungary – Ireland – Italy – Latvia Lithuania – Luxembourg – Malta Netherlands – Poland – Portugal – Romania – Slovakia – Slovenia Spain – Sweden

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