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Who are the most influential MEPs on neighbourhood and enlargement policy?
Although most of the MEPs are specialised in the relations between the European Union and specific countries, there are certain MEPs who are also influential on neighbourhood and enlargement policy as a whole. Pier Antonio Panzeri is one of these MEPs.
The member of the Italian Democratic Party (S&D) tops our list thanks to his important role on the EU policies towards North Africa. In fact, he is the Chair of the EP delegation to Maghreb countries and he drafted the reports on the Framework Agreements between the EU and countries such as Algeria and Tunisia. Additionally, he co-authored (together with Saryusz-Wolski) a report on the position of the European Parliament on the status of the European Neighbourhood Policy. He is also the coordinator of the S&D in the Sub-Committee on Human Rights.
In second place, we find a Slovakian member of EPP, Eduard Kukan. Not only does he chair the EP delegation to Serbia, but he also drafted a report on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy, as well as a report on the European Neighbourhood Instrument 2014-2020.
A British Conservative, Charles Tannock (ECR), occupies the third position in our assessment. He is specialised in the EU’s relations with Montenegro, as he drafted the annual progress reports on this candidate country. Tannock is also the political coordinator of ECR in the Committee on Foreign Affairs and he can be considered as one of the “fathers” of EU Neighbourhood Policy, as Tannock has being drafting reports on this political initiative since 2004.
A former political science professor, now an independent Romanian MEP sitting within the ranks of EPP, occupies the fourth place in our list. Cristian Dan Preda is specialized in the EU’s relations with Bosnia Herzegovina, although in the past he also focused on Iceland (when this was still a candidate country). He is also the vice-chair of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights, as well as the coordinator of EPP in the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
On the fifth place, we find a Slovenian MEP from the ALDE group, Ivo Vajgl. He is particularly active on the reports regarding the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as he drafted the annual progress reports on this country.
An Austrian Green, Ulrike Lunacek, occupies the sixth place. The Vice-President of the European Parliament is also the Vice-Chair of the EP delegation to Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo. She is specialized in EU-Kosovo relations and she drafted several reports about the situation in Kosovo as well as the report on the EU/Kosovo Association Agreement.
Another Slovenian, this time a Socialist, is the seventh most influential MEP in this policy area. Tanja Fajon (S&D) is mostly focused on visa and mobility issues and she was rapporteur on reports concerning visa exceptions or requirements for Moldova and Kosovo.
Our top 10 list is closed by three MEPs tied at the 8th place. A German long-serving MEP, Elmar Brok (EPP), was assigned extra points for his key role in framing and defining the EU enlargement policy for more than a decade. He is currently the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Another German MEP, David McAllister, who is a member of the same party as Brok’s (Christian Democratic Union), drafted the progress reports on Serbia and he was shadow rapporteur for the EPP on files concerning the EU’s relations with Kosovo and Azerbaijan.
Then, still at the 8th place, we find a Croatian member of EPP. Andrej Plenkovic is the chair of the EP delegation to Ukraine, as well as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
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