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.
For this reason, we have been asked by the public to come up with a series of separate assessments in order to highlight which MEPs are particularly influential in different policy fields. These assessments will complement our assessment on the overall influence exerted by MEPs over the 8th term. Here, you can find a handy summary of what has been published so far:
Constitutional Affairs: For or Against? How European Parliamentarians Are Shaping the Future of the EU (26 April 2017)
Energy Policy: Who Holds the Switch on EU’s Energy Policy in the European Parliament? (25 April 2017)
Digital and Telecommunication Policy: Powerful but Divided: The EU Parliamentarians Who Influence Digital and Telecommunication Policy (28 March 2017)
Environmental Policy: Tints of Green: Who Influences Environmental Policy in the European Parliament and How? (21 March 2017)
International Trade: Who are the EU Parliamentarians that shape EU’s trade policy? (16 November 2016)
Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy: Who holds the power in the European Parliament on neighbourhood and enlargement policy? Assessing the influence of individual MEPs (18 September 2016)