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Marco Cappato, an Italian Liberal MEP, has set up a website tracking the attendance and activity records of all the members of the current European Parliament. It's mostly in French, and the eplanation of the methodology is not yet complete, but it is an interesting set of data: very glad to see some good friends of mine (Raul Romeva, Sarah Ludford, Ana Gomes) scoring highly; not at all surprised to see some big names rather low in the list.

In Belgium, top marks go to Gerard Deprez of the MR and Bart Staes of Groen!, with lowest marks going to the VLD's Dirk Sterckx and CD&A leader Marianne Thyssen (who is a neighbour of ours). (Even they are not too bad, but they are the only Belgians who score below average.)

In Ireland, the top mark goes to veteran pol Prionsias De Rossa, now Labour, and the lowest mark (by quite some way - the only Irish MEP to score below average) goes to a fellow Dublin MEP, Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald.

Of the British MEPs, Sarah Ludford of the Lib Dems takes top spot, followed by her fellow Londoner Charles Tannock (Conservative) and South-East England MEP Caroline Lucas (Green). The system ranks Chris Huhne bottom (which is a bit unfair as he stopped being an MEP four years ago) and then we have six of the UKIP crowd (including the now expelled Roger Knapman). Of the three from Northern Ireland, Jim Allister ranks 24th, Jim Nicholson 35th and Bairbre de Brún 57th.

The glitch with Huhne, and the incomplete and monolingual explanatory notes, suggest that there are still some gremlins in the system, but I'm glad Cappato has taken the initiative.



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Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
So UKIP are elected to represent citizens at European level but then don't fulfil their responsibilities? Presumably they think they're protesting against all the EU's evils, like, uh, being undemocratic.
I'm not a massive fan of the EU but I really can't stand UKIP, they're so bloody pointless.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
They seem to have gaps in their INFO gathering. For Estonia, Thomas Henrik Ilves is given a very bad rating. I wonder if they know that he has been President of Estonia for the past
34 years and we at home were under the impression that his seat had been filled by some one else.
:( :( :( :( - 4 fingers down for accuracy.
Apr. 24th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
I was curious to check my MEP, but the site now just says "Due to the overwhelming volume of complaints, the site is closed..."

I wonder what happened?
Apr. 24th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
It if is one MEP doing a website about other MEPs, it does rather come across as childish point-scoring. Maybe some concerned citizens should set up their own site.
Apr. 24th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Typical of the Euro elite to do down a politician like Mary Lou McDonald, just because she recently revealed on the radio that Ireland has lost more thanks to EU fish rules than it ever made from structural funds and other transfers.
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