Winners and losers of the EP Plenary February 2018

This plenary session was clearly dominated by the debate on how to share the spoils after the British MEPs vacate their seats in 2019. The key event was the failed initiative to establish a joint constituency with transnational lists for the upcoming EP elections. On the other hand, most EU Parliamentarians renewed their support for the Spitzenkandidaten process and threatened to reject any other potential candidate to the Presidency of the European Commission.

MEPs also took decisions on whether ECB President, Mario Draghi, should be allowed to attend closed-door meetings with other key personalities from the financial sector, as well as whether the European Investment Bank should be subject to more scrutiny with regards to its loans to the car industry. As usual, our report also highlights the success and participation rates of the each of the political groups, as well as (sometimes counter-intuitive) behavior of various party factions or individual MEPs. 

The EPP group has been the most cohesive / disciplined from among the groups at this February plenary, which also helped at making the EPP the biggest winner: the center-right group was on the winning side in 97% of votes (check our PRO report to see how the other groups did). When looking at individual MEPs, the views of German Werner Langen were the most consensual in this plenary session: he was in the majority almost 99% of times, outperforming any other Members of the European Parliament.

ALDE members, on the other hand, were the most participative among the groups, while Latvian lawmakers were the most participative as per nationalities (click here do check participation by country). When looking at individual Parliamentarians, as many as 401 MEPs participated in all the votes, whereas 43 MEPs did not take part at all. Find out the participation score of your favorite MEPs here.

Check out our PRO report to learn:

- Which left-wing Parliamentarians helped the EPP and the Eurosceptic groups in their bid to block the initiative on a joint constituency?

- Which key British MEP took a stand in favour of the establishment of transnational lists?

- The MEPs from which countries were particularly opposed to keeping the Spitzenkandidaten process?

- Among national groups, Maltese and Polish MEPs held the most consensual views, whereas UK, Greek and Hungarian MEPs were often on the losing side. How did the other national groups fare?

- Which S&D members want to allow top ECB officials to participate in exclusive financial clubs, if certain conditions are met?

- Which individual Belgian and Dutch members were decisive in pushing for closer scrutiny of the links between EIB's loans and investments in diesel technology?

- Maltese, Slovenian and Romanian MEPs were the most cohesive, whereas  Greek, Cypriot and Irish policymakers rarely voted as a national bloc. What about the other national groups?

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