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The growing influence of French MEPs

(Published in Ouest-France July 17) They chair or coordinate several committees of the new European Parliament. Where the substantive work prepares the
decisions of the European Union.

All groups combined, French elected officials “performed” rather well in the European Parliament. Learning from previous experiences, they negotiated influence rather than appearance. So,
they do not have a vice-presidency of Parliament. A visible position which allows you to chair plenary sessions, but remains symbolic. On the other hand, they won four committee chairs,
where most of the work is done: Alain Lamassoure (UMP) at Budget, Pervenche Bérès (PS) at Employment and Social Affairs, Eva Joly (Greens) at Development and Arnaud Danjean (UMP) at
Defense and security.

And they will have some committee vice-presidencies. The green José Bové will thus be vice-president of the Agriculture commission, which promises tasty exchanges; and Corinne Lepage from the
Environment, Health, Food Protection Committee. The French have also obtained several positions as “group coordinators” within the commissions. Primary role because they give the
tempo in their political group by negotiating amendments to a legislative project. Jean-Paul Gauzès thus inherits for the EPP the coordination in the “Economy and Monetary” Committee. " We
"We negotiated other positions: in agriculture, in international trade" explains Michel Barnier, the head of the UMP battalion in Strasbourg who knows all the twists and turns of mechanics well.

Last element of influence: legislative reports. “We have set ourselves the objective of at least one important political report per MP,” comments Catherine Trautmann, leader.
French socialists.

To note. Each deputy can be a member of two or even three committees, the first as a full member, the other as a substitute. In both cases, he can sit, intervene, write reports;
only difference: the vote is allowed to him only when the holder is absent.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).