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). A former Professor of International Relations, Pașcu was the Vice-President of the Romanian Social Democratic Party before joining the EP right after the accession of Romania to the EU in 2007. In addition to his vice-presidential role in the EP, he has been the vice-chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs for almost 10 years. He is also the political coordinator of S&D in the subcommittee on Security and Defense. In fact, he is specialised in defense matters and, despite the low level of EU Integration in this sector, he drafted a few non-legislative reports on mutual defense issues as well as the common foreign and security policy.
At the same level (ie. same number of points), there is one of the Vice-Chairs of the EPP, Marian-Jean Marinescu, who is a member of the National Liberal Party. After an initial career as an aeronautical engineer and, afterwards, as the manager of an aviation company, he started being engaged in politics at the local level. Then he joined the EP as an observer in 2005, eventually becoming an MEP in 2007. In addition to his position of vice-chair of the EPP, he was the rapporteur on discharge files related to joint undertakings and, given his previous experience in the aviation sector, he was the rapporteur on the establishment of a European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
Another member of the National Liberal Party (EPP), Adina-Ioana Vălean occupies the third place on our list. As in the case of Marinescu, she first joined the EP as an observer and then became an MEP after the accession of Romania to the EU. Previously a teacher of mathematics, she held important positions in her national party before coming to Brussels. Now she is Vice-President of the European Parliament, as well as the head of the Romanian delegation in the EPP.
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