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.
Antonio Tajani, member of Forza Italia (EPP), is the most influential MEP in the European Parliament. He was elected President of the European Parliament at the beginning of the year. He can boast a long career in the EU institution, as he joined the EP already in 1994. Additionally, he was one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission during the second Barroso Commission, as well as one of the Vice-Presidents of the EP from 2014 to 2017. He also chairs the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean and he drafted a report on payment services in the internal market.
Gianni Pittella, member of the Democratic Party (S&D), comes in second on our list. He is the leader of the second largest group in the institution, the Socialists and Democrats. Pittella fist joined the European Parliament in 1999 and he was one of the Vice-Presidents of the institution during the 7th term. He was one of the candidates for the last election of the President of the European Parliament and he made it to the final run-off against Antonio Tajani.
Roberto Gualtieri, member of the Democratic Party (S&D), is the third most influential Italian MEP on our list. He is the Chair of the powerful Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Gualtieri is a prolific rapporteur, especially on economic and financial policy. Among others, he was assigned a report on the harmonised indices of consumer prices and house price index, a report on the extension of the European statistical programme, as well as a report on the harmonisation of gross national income (GNI) at market prices.
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