VoteWatch Europe is shaping the EU policy debate with cutting-edge analysis who stems from a unique combination of big data and political insight.
We strongly believe that the stability of the European and international political and economic system is fundamentally dependent on quality and non-partisan information that can accurately report on what the real actions of each of the political actors are in the process of making the decisions for half of billion EU citizens. We are therefore independent from any national or supranational governmental institution, businesses, political parties or any other entity.
We provide insightful analysis and predictions based on verified political data that sometimes substantiates, while on other times denies hypotheses that are launched by various entities and who are then spread through the regular means of communication or the social media. In this way, we provide traction to truthful information and help reject false or manipulative news. For this reason, some of our findings go against what some people may have been lead into thinking by incomplete or biased information. We help the public distinguish between pure speculation and actual facts.
We aim to provide visibility to issues that affect all EU countries, both smaller and bigger, and all societal sectors. We mainly report on decisions that are made in the EU institutions, but we also look into developments that take place in EU’s member states or other countries and which impact on the European and global system.
We stay ahead of the innovation curve by combining scientific research with the newest technological means of data mining and communication (mobile and social media apps, infographics, website widgets). We merge sophisticated statistics with insights from politicians, institutions’ staffers and top notch independent researchers to provide the public with real-time, data backed analysis and forecasts on upcoming or ongoing European and global developments.
We are based in Brussels and, since our launch in early 2009, we have achieved fantastic results and have become a reputed and highly reliable organisation. We are specialised in collecting, interpreting and communicating big data sets of political decisions to both expert and non-expert audiences. Our team has experience in developing international projects that have covered more than 20 countries in 24 languages, reaching an audience of over 10 million people.
An independent study has found that VoteWatch has been the most influential EU affairs think tank in the on line space in the first 6 months of 2016.
VoteWatch Europe is run by a professional team that combines expertise in EU affairs, statistics and digital communication. Our core team is supported by a network of experts based in Brussels, the EU Member States and internationally, who activate in the public and private sector and who provide highly valuable insights.
Co-founder and CEO: Mr Doru Frantescu. Since the start of the organisation in 2009, Doru has lead the the development of the political data analysis and the digital communication tools. He is the main author of numerous reports on voting behavior in the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers and has been quoted by the media in over 35 countries on 4 continents (including Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Euronews, CNN, the New York Times, etc). Doru has also worked with think tanks in 20 Member States in a pan-European project which aimed at bringing European issues in the local public debates. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian. Email: email@example.com
Research Assistant: Mr Davide Ferrari. With a background in cognitive sciences and European public affairs, Davide assists the team with both qualitative and quantitative research on voting records in the European Parliament and the European Council, as well as other EU-related political developments. He speaks Italian and English. Email:
Policy and communication assistant: Ms Liliana Cunha. A graduate of Sociology and Journalism from the University of Coimbra, Liliana previously completed an internship at the European Parliament and has helped young citizens get answers to their doubts from policy-makers at Debating Europe. Liliana is native in Portuguese and speaks fluent English and Spanish. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication and research trainee: Ms Irene Melian. Irene is a student of the double bachelor of Journalism and Communication and Media Studies with a specialization in Political Science. She has worked in the Agencia EFE in Spain, and after doing an internship in Shanghai and in the General Consulate of Spain in San Francisco, she joined VoteWatch in July 2016. Irene is native in Spanish and she speaks English and Portuguese. Email: email@example.com
Chair: Dr Simon Hix (co-founder). Professor of European and Comparative Politics and Head of the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Hix is an expert on EU politics, comparative democratic institutions, parliamentary voting behaviour, and parties and elections. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (s.hix at lse.ac.uk).
Ms Kathalijne Buitenweg. Board member of the Dutch Institute for Human Rights, Supervisory Board member of Pro Demos, the Netherlands House for Democracy and the Rule of Law, and member of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs. Buitenweg served as a Green MEP from the Netherlands from 1999-2009.
Mr Mikołaj Dowgielewicz. Director General and representative to the EU institutions of the European Investment Bank. Previously, he was Vice-Governor for Target Group Countries at the Council of Europe Development Bank in Paris. Before that he was Secretary of State for European Affairs and Economic Policy in the Polish government. Dowgielewicz also worked as an adviser on enlargement issues to European Parliament President Pat Cox and as spokesman and member of cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström.
Dr Ignasi Guardans. Partner at K&L Gates LLP. CEO and co-founder of CUMEDIAE – Culture & Media Agency Europe AISBL. Guardans is a former Member of the European Parliament from Spain (ALDE Group), and a former Member of the Spanish Parliament. He is a regular contributor to Spanish media, and a respected voice in Spanish speaking social media.
Dr Abdul G. Noury (co-founder). Associate Professor of Political Economy at New York University (NYU-AD). Abdul is an expert on European Political Economy, Legislatures, and Applied Statistics, which he also teaches at NYU. Noury has published extensively on legislatures and economic aspects European integration.
Former Board Members: Sara Hagemann, lecturer in EU politics at the LSE; Julian Priestley, former Secretary General of the European Parliament.
Secretary of VoteWatch Europe AISBL: Mr Doru Frantescu
Currently our founding members are: Simon Hix, Doru Frantescu, and Abdul Noury.
Kathalijne Buitenweg, Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Ignasi Guardans and the European Policy Centre (EPC) are associate members.
Our income for 2015 amounted to around 220.00 euros. The main funding sources were the Adessium Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Open Society Foundation, subscriptions to premium features on our website, other paid services and individual donations.