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. This outcome stems from her important positions in both the European Parliament and in her political group, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). She is coordinator of ALDE in the Committee on International Trade and the spokesperson of the group on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). Her interest for transatlantic relations is also shown by the fact that she is the Vice-Chair of the EP delegation to the United States. She also focuses on digital policy and she is a member of the steering committee of the EP intergroup on the Digital Agenda. In addition to the positions held in the EP, she was rapporteur on a file concerning the trade of tools used for torture and death penalty. Finally, it is no mystery that the Dutch MEP is rather popular across the EU affairs community. Schaake even received a popularity bonus for being the most (positively) mentioned MEP in the answers of our survey, together with another member of ALDE, the Belgian Guy Verhofstadt.
In the second position we find another Dutch woman, Esther de Lange, who is a member of the Centrist Christian Democratic Appeal (EPP). She has been a MEP for almost ten years and, before joining the EP, she already held important positions within her political party. Most prominently, she was a senior policy adviser on EU Affairs for the CDA’s delegation in the EP for about 8 years. Currently, de Lange is the head of the Dutch delegation in the EPP, as well as the Vice-Chair of the centre-right political group. Apart from the role played in her political group, Lange was assigned one of the key reports of the current legislative term: the establishment of the European deposit insurance scheme, which is one of the main pillars of the European Banking Union.
Finally, the member of the far-left GUE-NGL, Dennis de Jong is the third classified, among the Dutch MEPs, in our influence assessment. Before becoming an MEP in 2009, de Jong worked for many years as a policy expert in several ministries of the Dutch governments (such as the Ministry of Justice), as well as in the European Commission (he was an expert on migration). His previous experience in different fields of policy-making might explain why de Jong has frequently been appointed as both rapporteur and shadow rapporteur by GUE-NGL over the current parliamentary term. Most prominently, he was assigned the report on the discharge of 2015 EU budget. In addition to his activities as rapporteur, he is also the chair of two intergroups and the political coordinator of GUE-NGL in both the Budgetary Control Committee and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.
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Austria – Belgium – Bulgaria – Croatia – Cyprus – Czechia – Denmark – Estonia – Finland – France – Germany – Greece – Hungary – Ireland – Italy – Latvia –Lithuania – Luxembourg – Malta – Poland – Portugal – Romania – Slovakia – Slovenia –Spain – Sweden – United Kingdom