VoteWatch Europe is a Brussels-based international non-governmental organisation. VoteWatch is non-partisan and completely independent from national and local governments, from the EU institutions, as well as from political parties, agencies, businesses and all other bodies. VoteWatch was set up to promote better insight into EU politics, by providing easy access to data and cutting edge analysis of the votes and other activities of the European Parliament (EP) and the EU Council of Ministers (Council). VoteWatch uses the EU Institutions’ own attendance, voting and activity data – available through their websites – to give a full overview of MEP and Member State activities.
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 specialised and broader 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.
Using sophisticated statistical methods developed by political scientists from the London School of Economics and New York University, the core VoteWatch website covers the activities of Parliament and Council since 2009. On the basis of this data, specialised analyses are developed.
VoteWatch Europe is run by a small professional team which combines skills and expertise in EU affairs with extensive experience in the development and use of digital communication tools.
Director: Mr Doru Frantescu (co-founder). Since the start of the organisation in 2009, Doru has lead the the development of the 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 New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Euronews). 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 also has experience in the media sector and speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian. Email: email@example.com
Policy and Events Assistant: Ms Elisa Irlandese. Elisa assists the team in the organisation of VoteWatch events, research and outreach, also focusing on EP elections projects. She has previously worked in the European Parliament and in a European industry association. She speaks English, French and Italian. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Vice Chair: Dr Sara Hagemann (co-founder). Lecturer in EU Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has previously worked in think-tanks in Brussels and governmental institutions in Denmark. Hagemann frequently participates in policy debates and has published extensively on EU governance and democracy. From 2009 to 2011 she was Executive Director of VoteWatch CIC (s.hagemann 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. 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.
Sir Julian Priestley. Chairman of the Board of Directors of EPPA (European Public Policy Advisers), a Brussels based public affairs consultancy. From 1997 to 2007 he was Secretary-General of the European Parliament. He is the author of “Six Battles That Shaped Europe’s Parliament” (2008) and co-author of “Europe’s Parliament – People, Places, Politics” (2012).
Secretary of VoteWatch Europe AISBL: Mr Doru Frantescu
VoteWatch Europe AISBL:
The General Assembly of VoteWatch Europe AISBL is comprised of full members, associate members, supporting members and honorary members.
Currently our full members are: Sara Hagemann, Simon Hix, and Abdul Noury.
Kathalijne Buitenweg, Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Ignasi Guardans, Sir Julian Priestley and the European Policy Centre (EPC) are associate members.
Our budget for 2012 amounted to 123.573 euros. This included a grant of 114.273 from the Open Society Foundations and income from paid services of 9.300 euros. As the AISBL only became operational in the fourth quarter of 2012, most of these funds (88.626 euros) were placed in reserve for use in 2013. Of the 34.947 euros spent in 2012, 90% went on personnel costs and the remaining 10% on rent and other administrative overhead.
Our income for 2013 amounted to 300.814 euros. This included 88.625 euros from the Open Society Foundations, carried over from 2012, a new grant of 112.500 from Adessium Foundation, and a new grant of 18.750 from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Income from consultancy services amounted to 78.504 euros. Membership fees generated 1.500 euros and we received 933 euros in donations.
On the expenditure side, 55% was spent on personnel costs, 24% on website and product development and 11% on office and operational expenses. 10% went to VoteWatch CIC in the form of a grant to help implement the MyVote2014 project.
Our income for 2014 amounted to around 338.000 euros. The main funding sources were the Adessium Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Open Society Foundation. We have also undertaken a number of paid projects, the biggest being Electio2014, co-founded by the European Parliament (we are currently not receiving any funding from the EP).