As the Brussels Bubble starts to go back to the new post-COVID normal, logos has created organisational charts of the standing committees of the European Parliament linked to the top priorities of the Von der Leyen Commission: Green Deal, Digital Age, People-Centred Economy, and Promoting our European Way of Life.
For each committee, the charts show the chair(wo)man, vice-chair(wo)men and #TheCoordinators from the different political groups. Download them here.
As representatives of the political groups in the standing committees, they hold a pivotal role in its political decision-making process. They coordinate their group’s viewpoint on policy issues, and together with the chair and the vice-chairs, they organise the work in the committee. They also hold the balance on votes on key legislation.
Building on these organisational charts, logos created an infographic analysing how “balanced” #TheCoordinators was in terms of gender, geography and politics.
European institutions are falling short of reaching a gender-balanced leadership. While the Parliament is close to a gender balance among #TheCoordinators working on the digital age priority, the gender unbalance among #TheCoordinators working on the Green Deal and People-Centred Economy priorities calls for some action.
Geographical divides often shape the policy debate in the EU. Northern Europeans are overrepresented among #TheCoordinators working on the Green Deal and the People-Centred Economy, while Western Europeans are underrepresented among #TheCoordinators working on the Green Deal. The geographic representation of #TheCoordinators working on the Digital Age is fair. The map shows the ratio of the number of #TheCoordinators coming from a specific area – West, East, North, South – on the relative demographic size of that region. In other words, a figure below 1 means that the region is underrepresented among #TheCoordinators, and vice versa.
In May 2019, the European elections led to a hung parliament where the centre-right (EPP)
and centre-left (S&D) parties no longer jointly hold the majority. It has opened a new era for EU policymaking after decades of two-party dominance, accentuated by Brexit. For each committee, the charts show the political affiliation of its members and where the majority falls.