Influence Index 2021: Top 100 most politically influential MEPs


This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the only MEP ranking to measure influence through two crucial dimensions, namely:

– Political influence: the ability to change legislation, win votes, and shape debates;

– Social influence: the ability to reach people, shift the public conversation, and build a community of support. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Ștefănuță: the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

Interview with MEP Stefanuta

The new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) aims to address the potential gap in climate policy ambition between the member states of the European Union and third countries by putting a carbon price on specific imports to the EU. In July 2021, the European Commission issued its long-awaited proposal on this core element of the Fit for 55 package which is now awaiting further action in the European Parliament. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2021: Top influential MEPs on EU’s Environmental policy


This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the only MEP ranking to measure influence through two crucial dimensions, namely:

  • – Political influence: the ability to change legislation, win votes, and shape debates;

  • – Social influence: the ability to reach people, shift the public conversation, and build a community of support.

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Exclusive interview with MEP Chahim: the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism


With the Fit for 55 package, the European Union aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 55 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2030. An essential part of this strategy is the so-called Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), an extension of the existing Emissions Trading System (ETS). By applying the same rules and levies both to inner-European production and to foreign imports from countries that do not meet the EU’s “climate-friendly” production standards, the CBAM aims to level the playing field between domestic and external producers. Continue Reading

‘Fit for 55’ legislative package: mapping MEPs’ views and influence


This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already been used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

By combining (objective) data science with expert insight, we filter out the noise and show the actual positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU climate policy agenda. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: Uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 2: Climate Policy


This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already been used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

By combining (objective) data science with expert insight, we filter out the noise and show the actual positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU climate policy agenda. Continue Reading

Executive webinar: ‘fit for 55’, mapping MEPs’ views and influence


17th of June at 10:00-10:30 (Zoom)

MEP Jytte Guteland, S&D coordinator in the ENVI Committee in the European Parliament, and rapporteur on the European Climate law, joins our webinar tomorrow to discuss how the EP is likely to react to upcoming legislation from the Commission.

The delay by the European Commission to present its ‘fit for 55’ package may also be due to hesitations in assessing the level of political support for some of the key provisions of this package. Continue Reading

Climate: How do MEPs vote?


VoteWatch Europe is proud to announce its new special report on MEP voting behaviour, in collaboration with the Jacques Delors Institute (Paris) and Europe Jacques Delors (Brussels). This report provides an overview of the political dynamics within the European Parliament on key topics concerning EU climate legislation (emissions reduction targets, deforestation, Emissions Trading System, the Just Transition Fund, the Carbon Border Adjustment Scheme, etc. Continue Reading

Executive webinar: European Green Deal, mapping MEPs’ views and influence


Wednesday 21 April at 10.00-10.30 (Zoom)

This free executive webinar is for senior EU affairs professionals and campaigners of public and private stakeholders who are involved in shaping EU legislation on the European Green Deal.

We will show what the actual position and level of influence of key MEPs are and which MEPs you need on board in order to build majorities.

You will quickly be able to assess the size of your potential coalition, who your allies are and on whom it makes the most sense to focus in order to optimise your resources and effectiveness. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2020: Most influential MEPs by policy area

In the last few weeks, we have published the first part of our Influence Index 2020: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels.

More precisely, we ranked the influence of individual MEPs on different policy areas. The topics covered refer to the political priorities of von der Leyen’s geopolitical Commission, including highly salient topics such as the EU Green Deal, the EU’s digital transition and the EU economic recovery. Continue Reading