February 29, 2016
Who is the most influential on EU Energy Union policy?
A ranking of the top 40 policy experts with influence in EU Energy Union policy was unveiled at a debate on the “State of the Energy Union one year after its launch”, organised by the EurActiv Institute.
Almost half of those listed in the #EurActory40 took part in the debate hosted by Ian Duncan (MEP ECR) in the European Parliament on Wednesday 24 February 2016.
Breaking it down, the #EurActory40 Energy Union ranking reveals that:
- EU Energy Union politics is dominated by Germans and Brits, with France coming in a distant third place; respectively accounting for 9 (DE), 7 (UK) and 4 (FR) influencers in the top 40.
- Policy-makers from the EU institutions make up roughly half of the list (19), closely followed by a group of policy Influencers representing different stakeholders and interests (18). Three energy policy analysts from key (energy) think tanks also made it into the #EurActory40.
- Half of the decision-makers are based outside of Brussels (9 out of 19), while almost all influencers and analysts are based in Brussels (19 out of 21).
- Gender balance is not yet a reality in EU energy policymaking with only 9 women out of 40 (22,5%) in the list. From the 7 UK nationals in the list, all of them are men.
State of the Energy Union one year after its launch
European Parliament – Wedn. 24 February 2016
Europe by Satellite filmed the first part of the debate with the keynotes from Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič responsible for the Energy Union and former European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and the Q&A that followed. Watch the archived EbS video here:
During the panel debate Claude Turmes, a leading Member of the European Parliament for the Greens party, dropped a bombshell when he made allegations about Gazprom’s tactics to push the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.
Read the article by EurActiv’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev :
Frédéric Simon, Publisher and Editor at EurActiv, and the debate’s moderator filed the following story :
Some more pictures from the #EurActory40 launch and State of the Energy Union one year after its launch debate (click on the arrows to scroll through the Flickr album):
EurActory is a new and free service developed within the EU Community project that scans the growing amount of information about people involved in EU policy making. It analyses and ranks online and offline signals, identifying the relevant influencers. EurActory rankings are available on Energy Union, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the Future of the EU.
To see the latest content and understand how it has been put together, visit the EurActory FAQ page or watch this interactive video explaining the EurActory concept.