Top 5 most influential Belgian MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

The charismatic leader of the ALDE (Alliance of Liberal and Democrats for Europe) group in the EP, Guy Verhofstadt, tops our list on the most influential Belgian MEPs in the European Parliament. Continue Reading

Top 10 most influential German MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

The most influential MEP in our overall ranking also occupies the first position in the list of the most influential German MEPs. Continue Reading

Top 10 most influential Polish MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

A member of the Conservative Law and Justice, Ryszard Czarnecki, is the best classified in our assessment on the most influential Polish politicians in the EP. Continue Reading

Top 10 most influential UK’s MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Despite the outcome of the UK’s Brexit referendum, UK’s MEPs are likely to stay in Brussels until the end of this Parliamentary term. Continue Reading

Top 10 most influential Spanish MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

A member of Rajoy’s People’s Party, Gabriel Mato, occupies the first position in our list on the most influential Spanish MEPs. Continue Reading

Top 10 most influential French MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

A member of Hollande’s Socialist Party, Sylvie Guillaume, leads our list on the most influential French MEPs. Continue Reading

Top 10 most influential Italian MEPs (September 2016)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Not surprisingly, our algorithm put Gianni Pittella, the chair of the Socialist & Democrats group, at the top of the Italian ranking. Continue Reading

Who holds the power in the European Parliament? Assessing the influence of individual MEPs

Why are we doing this?

The information regarding who is influential on what in the European Parliament is fundamental to the public, who needs to be aware of the personalities that shape the policies affecting over 500 million citizens. The institutions as a whole, and in this case the EU institutions, take responsibility for their decisions and their implementation. However, in order to strengthen the democratic processes, the citizens also need to know which politicians within the institutions are playing a bigger role in shaping these decisions. Continue Reading

The most influential MEPs by policy area

MEPs can influence EU policies in different ways. Some MEPs, such as the leaders of the political groups, exert a dissipated influence on EU politics, meaning that they contribute to shaping EU legislation as a whole, but they do not exert a large amount of influence on particular subjects. On the other hand, some MEPs are highly influential on their areas of expertise (e.g energy policy or environmental protection), but they exert a negligible amount of influence on other issues. Continue Reading