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. Born in London and with a background in journalism, Czarnecki was first elected in the EP in 2004, as a member of the nationalist Self-Defense Party. He is now a Vice-President of the European Parliament (the only one from ECR) and the political coordinator for ECR in the Budgetary Control Committee (CONT). Furthermore, Czarnecki has played an important role in CONT as he has been the rapporteur on many discharge-related files over the last 8 years. He is also active in neighbourhood policy in his role of Vice-Chair of the EP Delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly.
In the second place we find a former President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek (Civic Choice – EPP). As in the case of Czarnecki, also Buzek can boast more than ten years of Parliamentary service as he was first elected to the Brussels-based institution in 2004. His previous role as EP President gained him some bonus points, even though Buzek still holds very important positions in the EP. He is the chair of the Committee on Internal Market, Industry and Energy as well as the chair of the Conference of the Committee Chairs which gathers all the Committee’s chairs of the EP. In addition to these positions, he also drafted a report on an issue with broad geopolitical and economic implication: the adoption of measures to safeguard European gas supplies.
Another member of the centre-right Civic Choice, Jarosław Wałęsa, fills the third position of this national list based on our influence assessment. He joined the EP in 2009, after a few years spent in the Lower House of Poland (Sejm). Differently from Czarnecki and Buzek, Wałęsa does not hold many positions within the European Parliament, apart from the vice-chairmanship of the Committee on Fisheries. However, Wałęsa has been very active in drafting reports, as he was assigned a high number of rapporteurships on files under the Ordinary Legislative Procedure. In particular, he drafted reports on fisheries (in particular regarding the protection of stocks of certain species in the Baltic Sea) and on international trade (with a focus on the imports of products from third countries).
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