Liberal Adina Valean is the most influential Romanian MEP, being ranked 4th in Top 100 of the current European Parliament term, a Vote Watch Europe survey reveals.
Other Romanian MEPs in the top are Mircea Pascu (PSD, 31st), Siegfried Muresan (PNL, 70th), Monica Macovei (78th), Dan Nica (PSD, 88th) and Marian Jean Marinescu (PNL, 95th).
First in the top of most influential MEPs is European Parliament President, Antonia Tajani. Next come the EPP leader and candidate for the European Commission President Manfred Werner and Italian Roberto Gualtieri, followed by Adina Valean (Romania, EPP-PNL) and Udo Bullman, the head of European Socialists in the European parliament. 6th is Othmar Karas (Austria, EPP), followed on the 7th position by Euder Rubial Gardiazabal (Spain), on the 8th position is Danuta Hubner (Poland – EPP), then come Guy Verhofstad (ALDE) and Ines Ayala Sender (Socialists).
This is an overall assessment that combines quantitative and qualitative elements, and which takes into account rapporteurship, key positions, results in votes and other factors that shape the level of influence of an MEP, Vote Watch Europe says.
Some MEPs may be less influential overall, but highly influential on a specific topic (e.g. environment, Turkey). Also, this is an objective assessment, i.e. it does not take into account the views of an MEP on various policies. A measurement of the actual support for a specific policy requires an additional topic-focused component, the same source reads.