Winners and losers of EP Plenary April 2018

During the latest plenary session, EU Parliamentarians were busy deciding on the discharge of EU institutions and agencies, but still found the time to vote on key issues regarding the controversial appointment of Martin Selmayr as the new Secretary General of the European Commission.

Additionally, political factions fought over the Monsanto-Bayer merger, the alleged conflicts of interest of EFSA's (European Food Safety Authority) experts, the introduction of veto powers for national parliaments, binding rules to prevent reckless sovereign lending and borrowing, the latest trialogue compromise on emissions reduction and the options to rescue the troubled Pension Fund for MEPs.

As always, our special report highlights the most disputed issues, the oddest voting behavior of EU Parliamentarians (MEPs) and the strangest bedfellows that occurred in Strasbourg.

This time around, S&D was the group winning the most votes in the EP (after two consecutive months dominated by the EPP). Concretely, the centre-left group was on the winning side almost 95% of times (check our PRO report below to discover how the other political groups performed). With regards to individual MEPs, a German member of the S&D, Jens Geier, held the most consensual views during the March plenary session, as he was on the winning side more than 95% of times.

Greens/EFA Parliamentarians were the most participative MEPs, while they also get the top spot when it comes to internal group unity/discipline.

What about individual MEPs? Click here to find out the level of participation of your representatives in Strasbourg.

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Check out our PRO report to find out:

- Which MEPs have been revealed as the best friends of Martin Selmayr, and which as his staunchest adversaries within all EP political groups?

- Which Social Democratic party found it inappropriate to describe the nomination of Selmayr as a coup-like action? 

- Which ALDE members called on Selmayr to quit as Secretary General of the European Commission? 

- Which big national party, labelled mostly as eurosceptic, provided an unexpected, but decisive contribution to swing the outcome of a key vote on whether national parliaments should be empowered to block EU legislation? 

- Which Italian MEPs supported the accusations of conflicts of interest against experts of the European Food and Safety Authority?  

- Which EPP members sided with the left in criticizing DG's Competition approach to Monsanto-Bayer merger? 

How did Dutch politicians vote on a proposal to increase MEPs' retirement age in order to save the troubled Pension Fund for MEPs? 

- Which parties from ALDE disagreed with a proposal to introduce legally bindings instruments to prevent reckless lending to developing countries?  

- How did S&D members vote on a compromise solution on the EU binding targets for the reducing greenhouse gases emissions? 

-Austrian EU lawmakers had the highest participation as a national group, while Portuguese MEPs showed the highest degree of approval of the decisions made in the EP. How did the other national groups fare in terms of participation, cohesion and winning rates? 

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