Top 5 most influential Bulgarian 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.

Mariya Gabriel, Vice-Chair of the EPP political group, is the best positioned Bulgarian in both our overall assessment of the influence of MEPs and the assessment on the most influential MEPs in neighborhood and enlargement policy. Continue Reading

Top 5 most influential Portuguese 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.

José Manuel Fernandes, member of the Social Democratic Party, is the most influential Portuguese MEP according to our assessment. Continue Reading

MEPs’ deck of cards: who are the most influential ones?

A couple of weeks ago, VoteWatch Europe published an assessment of the most influential MEPs, which was based on a set of criteria weighted by more than 200 experts in EU Affairs. Drawing on that research, we designed a set of cards in order to highlight which are the most influential MEPs by activity. In fact, MEPs are influential in different ways and sometimes it might be very tricky to draw a comparison between their activities. Continue Reading

Who holds the power in the European Parliament on neighbourhood and enlargement policy? Assessing the influence of individual MEPs

Why are why doing this assessment?

VoteWatch Europe has recently conducted an overall assessment on the most influential MEPs over the current parliamentary term. This type of information is fundamental to the public, who needs to be aware of the personalities that shape policies affecting over 500 million EU citizens. The institutions as a whole, and in this case the EU institutions, take responsibility for the decisions made and their implementation, but 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

Top 5 most influential Greek 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.

Dimitris Papadimoulis, who is a member of Alexis Tsipras’s SYRIZA, tops our list on the most influential Greek MEPs. Continue Reading

Top 10 most influential Romanian 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.

At the top of our list on the most influential Romanian MEPs in the European Parliament we find one of the two Romanian vice-presidents of the European Parliament: Ioan Mircea Pașcu from the Social Democrat Party (S&D). Continue Reading

Top 5 most influential Dutch 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.

Among the Dutch MEPs, Marietje Schaake, member of the Liberal party D66, received the highest score in our influence assessment. Continue Reading

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