Influence Index 2020: Most Influential Italian 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) David Maria Sassoli (Partito Democratico, S&D) is the EP’s president and the most influential MEP of the current term. Besides being the face of the Parliament, Sassoli is also President of the Conference of Presidents, President of the Parliament’s Bureau, and Chair of Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean. He is an experienced figure within the Parliament, as he has served two previous terms. During the previous legislative term, Sassoli served as Vice-President of the European Parliament.

2) Antonio Tajani (Forza Italia, EPP) is the current Vice-President of the EPP and head of the national party Forza Italia in Parliament. Tajani is an influential figure in the EU scene, having been EU Commissioner for transport and later on for Industry and Entrepreneurship as well as President of the European Parliament during the last term. It thus comes as no surprise that during the last influence assessment Tajani had ranked first, and he still remains an influential figure during the current legislative term. Tajani is active as Chair of Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Chair of Conference of Committee Chairs. He is also a member of the Brexit steering group. Additionally, Tajani performs very well in Parliament, with a 99.4% participation rate in voting sessions, and being part of the majority in almost 80% of votes.

3) Irene Tinagli (Partito Democratico, S&D) is a former consultant for the UN, and former member of the Italian Parliament. She is the Chair of the highly strategic Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, and is very involved with drafting legislation, especially on topics concerning the European banking authorities and overall resilience of the EU’s banking system. Tinagli’s influence is impressive as she is a new MEP. She is particularly active on legislation related to economic issues and has recently drafted key reports on InvestEU Programme and the Solvency Support Instrument.

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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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