During June’s plenary session, MEPs took key decisions on the future rules for the workers in the road transportation sector, the future cooperation between the EU and NATO, and debated Rutte’s plans for the future of Europe.
As always, our special report highlights the most disputed issues, who made coalitions with whom, who won and who lost, the oddest voting behavior of EU Parliamentarians (MEPs) and the strangest bedfellows that occurred in Strasbourg. Continue Reading
VoteWatch Europe is inaugurating a series of webinars aimed at providing the public from outside Brussels with key and real time updates on the politics behind EU decisions. The interactive format will also allow you to suggest the topics to be discussed, react live via the online chat and ask questions to the team of VoteWatch Europe.
The first webinar in this series will take place on Wednesday, 20th June, from 16.00 to 17.00 PM CET, (GMT+2). Continue Reading
Who gets what from the EU money, the regulation of the labour market, mandatory labelling, subsidies for farming (CAP) and a new investment fund for the Eurozone were the chief topics on which continental political forces fought during the latest plenary session of the European Parliament.
In the key showdown, MEPs took a stand on the Commission’s proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework. Continue Reading
The finalization of Brexit and the 2019 elections for the European Parliament will lead to a re-alignment of the alliances among national parties at the European level (for more insights check the results of our surveys on the matter: What will happen in 2019 and Who will lead the EU after 2019). This ‘reshuffle’ is going to provide some national political forces with a great opportunity to gain broader access to European political networks, increase their leverage on EU policy-making and obtain further protection from the hostile attacks of their opponents. Continue Reading
Following pressures to create a legal framework for artificial intelligence, European institutions are starting to draft initiatives and proposals. So, let’s take the next step in our AI journey and look at how European political actors are positioning themselves today. Spoiler alert: with caution and slight optimism.
We start by looking at the latest announcement from the European Commission, as it sets the tone and direction for the entire European Union. Continue Reading
Over the last decade, VoteWatch Europe has become an inexhaustible source of information for several European authors who used our data to anchor their stories in the EU political reality.
After the recent publication of The European Parliament, written by Ariadna Ripoll Servent, another author has used our data for her publication on EU Affairs. Sigrid Melchior, an experienced Brussels-based journalist, brings to the spotlight Reporter’s Guide to the EU, a handbook addressed to professional journalists and students of journalism, published by Routledge in 2017. Continue Reading
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During the latest plenary session, EU Parliamentarians were busy deciding on the discharge of EU institutions and agencies, but still found the time to vote on key issues regarding the controversial appointment of Martin Selmayr as the new Secretary General of the European Commission.
Additionally, political factions fought over the Monsanto-Bayer merger, the alleged conflicts of interest of EFSA’s (European Food Safety Authority) experts, the introduction of veto powers for national parliaments, binding rules to prevent reckless sovereign lending and borrowing, the latest trialogue compromise on emissions reduction and the options to rescue the troubled Pension Fund for MEPs. Continue Reading
How will the EU institutions look like after the 2019 reshuffle? This is the question on everyone’s mind in Brussels, but the answers differ based on the information that one has (one’s personal mini-bubble). In order to get an overview of the expectations of the EU affairs community as a whole, VoteWatch Europe has surveyed more than 1.000 members of the broader ‘EU bubble’ (which also includes national civil servants, whose views are more reflective of the different national perspectives) for their views regarding the reallocation of top EU positions in 2019 (Presidencies of European Commission, European Parliament, European Council and European Central Bank). Continue Reading
An Analytical Look at the Future of the EU Budget
In the next couple of years, the European Institutions and the Member States are going to be busy debating the next Multiannual Financial Framework, ie the financial programming and budgetary discipline of the seven years period between 2021 and 2028.
This is a fundamental political discussion: by defining in which areas the EU should invest, the MFF is an expression of political priorities as much as a budgetary planning tool. Continue Reading