MEP Influence Index 2024: Top MEPs shaping Internal market, competition and taxation

MEP Influence Index 2024: Top MEPs shaping Internal market, competition and taxation

This analysis measures the influence that Members of the European Parliament are exerting over EU legislation and documents that shape the Internal market, competition and taxation. It is part of a series of reports that includes:

This research measures MEPs’ influence through a combination of criteria clustered in the following categories: formal and informal leadership positions, actual legislative work, political network, committee membership and voting behavior. 

Disclaimer: this is an assessment based on our team's 15+ years of experience in interpreting relevant EU socio-political data. The aim of this research is not to provide an "absolute truth", but rather to provide an indicative overview. As in any such research, the weighing of the criteria may contain an intrinsic degree of subjectivity, which we aimed to reduce by consulting with a wide range of analysts and practitioners. To read the full methodology, click here.

Key findings:

  • The top 5 most influential MEPs shaping Internal market, competition and taxation policy are: Christel Schaldemose (S&D IMCO Coordinator and key legislator on Digital Services regulation), Dita Charanzová (Renew IMCO Coordinator), Maria Grapini (Vice-Chair of IMCO and legislator with focus on consumer protection), Lídia Pereira (EPP FISC Coordinator and key legislator on taxation issues) and Anna Cavazzini (Chair of IMCO and active legislator on strengthening internal market). See the full top 10 below.
  • MEPs from Renew and S&D have been comparatively more influential on this policy area while German influence is prominent (from among the large national groups). See the full stats below.

More details on the above findings can be found below.

Important: when tracking influence over EU policies, always bear in mind that while individual MEPs are the visible signatories of initiatives or amendments, they are not operating in an information vacuum. Rather, their views and actions are shaped by bigger political and societal forces / pressures that surround them and that they are networking with.

To understand the full picture, you need to look at the strength of these forces and the direction in which they are pushing and pulling. For example, the chart below shows the level of influence of all MEPs on corporate taxation, but also the direction in which each of them is working to influence this policy area, e.g. whether they are supporters or opponents of EU initiatives on corporate taxation. Particular attention should be paid to the MEPs who are in the middle, i.e. which have both a fair level of influence and their views are moderate, because in the current (and future) fragmented political landscape, these MEPs (the swing voters) are the ones that make the difference, i.e. their votes are the ones that decide whether a key paragraph is approved or not.

Note: the positions of the MEPs in the chart below on the horizontal axis is based on an assessment of their voting behavior on a wide range of paragraphs and amendments on this particular sector.

Note: in the chart above, only the names of top MEPs are visible. If interested in more, contact us at [email protected].

The visual below shows our assessment of the most influential 10 MEPs in this sector (scroll to the right to see the full list). 

The list is also available as a table format here.

NB: at least 5 of these top 10 MEPs are likely to come back after the elections. Would you like to know which ones? Contact us at [email protected] for more information on our EP2024 elections info-pack (which includes likely MEPs, Commissioners, policy impact, and much more). 

In addition to the top 10 most influential MEPs, we have found interesting to identify the MEPs from each group that has had the most "personalised" views (i.e. different from those of their political group), on either side of the debate. In other words, who is the most to the right and to the left of their political group on this chart. This is based on the analysis of their voting behavior on a wide range of relevant paragraphs and amendments impacting on this sector. 

These findings are represented below. 

Trends by political group 

When it comes to proportional influence on these topics, the EPP lags behind Renew and S&D MEPs, although internal market and competition are a key topic for the centre-right group. S&D members are strongly represented in our top 10 list of influencers, although, similarly to other policy areas, Renew MEPs have a slight edge overall due to their central position in the policy spectrum. 

Trends by country

National delegations from Denmark, Czechia and Portugal stand out for punching above their weight on this policy area, as some of their MEPs occupy the first few spots in our influence index. When looking at the larger delegations, we see a strong German influence on this policy area, which is key for the export-oriented German economy. 4 Germans from 3 different political families, are represented in our top 10 list.

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Scroll back up to check our research in other sectors. 

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