Influence Index 2020: Most Influential Romanian 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)  Dacian Cioloș (Partidul Libertate, Unitate și Solidaritate, Renew Europe) is one of the most influential MEPs in the overall ranking and the Chair of Renew Europe group. Cioloș is also head of his national party in the EP, PLUS. In spite of being a new MEP in Parliament, Cioloș is experienced in EU politics, having been Prime Minister of Romania between 2015 and 2017, and Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development under Barroso-II. Besides having a strong network, Cioloș’ performance in Parliament is high, with a winning rate of 92.5%. Currently, in parliament he is a member of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly.

2) Dragoș Pîslaru (Partidul Libertate, Unitate și Solidaritate, Renew Europe) is a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, and the Delegation for Relations with Japan. At the national level, he held the position of Minister of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly from 2016 until January 2017. He is a member of the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (PLUS) and of the European political family Renew Europe.

3) Cristian Silviu Bușoi (Partidul Naţional Liberal, EPP) is Chair of Industry, Research and Energy Committee and Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Bușoi is considerably active on public health issues, as he is the Chair of the intergroup on Cancer and he is a member of various other health working groups. He is the rapporteur on dossiers on scientific and technological cooperation with India and Ukraine, and he is spearheading the debate on revising the guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure.

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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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