Influence Index 2020: Most Influential Polish 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) Ryszard Antoni Legutko (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, ECR) is the most influential Polish MEP (and the 12th most influential MEP overall) and is currently serving his third term. Legutko is the Co-Chair of ECR, head of Prawo i Sprawiedliwość in the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Chile Delegation. Legutko was appointed as rapporteur on several discharge procedures, including on clean energy and aviation safety.

2) Fourth-term MEP and former Vice-President of the EP, Ryszard Czarnecki (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, ECR) is the Chair of the EP’s Delegation to Russia, as well as the Vice-Chair of the Petitions Committee. Moreover, he is the Coordinator of Budgetary Control on behalf of ECR, and the Vice-Coordinator of the Development Committee and of the Human Rights Subcommittee. This term, Czarnecki drafted several discharge reports. Previously, he was active in neighbourhood policy in his role of Vice-Chair of the EP Delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly. 

3) Newcomer Ewa Kopacz (Platforma Obywatelska, EPP) is the Vice-President of the European Parliament. Her responsibilities as VP include the Panel on the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), being the Coordinator on Children’s Rights and the Vice Chair on the High Level Group on Gender Equality and Diversity. She is also a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Previously, she served as Prime Minister of Poland and Marshal of the Sejm.

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:

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