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. Before joining the European Parliament in 2009, he held several political offices in the Government of Canary Islands and he was the President of Canary Islands Regional Parliament for almost 5 years. In the EP, he specialized in fisheries and was the chair of the Committee on Fisheries for two years over the last term. Currently, Mato is the political coordinator of the EPP group (European People’s Party) in the Committee on Fisheries Committee. His high score also stems from the number of reports under the Ordinary Legislative Procedure that he drafted. In fact, he was appointed rapporteur on files concerning the conservation and recovering of fishing resources and marine ecosystems. Finally, he is also the Vice-Chair of the EP Delegation to Central America’s countries.
A Spanish Socialist, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, is the second classified, according to our assessment. As with Mato, she joined the Parliament in 2009. Prior to that, she has been the Secretary General of the Socialists Youths in her hometown, Bilbao, and a counselor in the same city. She is mostly focused on budgetary issues and, notably, she was the rapporteur on 2015 General Budget (together with Monika Hohlmeier). Gardiazabal Rubial is also the political coordinator of S&D in the Committee on Budgets, which she served as Vice-chair for more than a year during the 7th Parliamentary term. In addition to budgetary policy, she is also active on the policies for young people, as she is the co-chair of the Intergroup on Youth Issues.
Another Socialist, Inés Ayala Sender, closes our top 3 list on the most influential Spanish MEPs. Before being elected to the European Parliament in 2004, she worked as a national expert in the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission and as a policy adviser to the PES Group for several EP committees (TRAN, ENVI, REGI) and delegations. At the national level, she held important positions within one of the largest Spanish Trade Unions (General Union of Workers – UGT). Currently, she has been serving as an MEP for more than 10 years and, similarly to her colleague Gardiazabal Rubial, she is mostly dealing with budgetary issues. In fact, Ayala Sender is the political coordinator of S&D in the Committee on Budgetary Control and, notably, she drafted the reports on the 2015 discharge relatively to the expenses of the Agencies of the European Union. She is also active on transportation policy as she was the rapporteur on the cross-border exchange of information on road safety related traffic offences.
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