After the 2014 European elections, the new EP is all ready to resume business and assert its post-Lisbon powers. This Parliament has high stakes for the next 5 years, among which EU trade agreements with key partners, energy, climate change, economic governance and the way out of the crisis. VoteWatch Europe can help you better understand the meaning of the new balance of power in the EP before the EP votes on issues that affect your sector.
To this purpose, we are organising a training session on Friday 7 November 2014 (half a day, from 12:00 to 15:30). We use an interactive approach to show how the EU works, what’s the role of the EP in EU policy-making, how the current EP composition affects main EU policies and how can you use VoteWatch data in your advocacy strategy.
The indicative programme includes:
- - The 2014 European elections and its implications for EU policy-making, with Prof. Simon Hix
- - Mapping the new EP: voting records of MEPs, relation between national parties and EP political groups, majority trends by policy areas, etc.
- - Mapping the Council of Ministers: voting trends, relation between Council and EP votes, etc.
- - How to use VoteWatch in your daily work and through social media
- - Practical exercises
Our team will provide an insight into the voting data from the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers that VoteWatch makes available on its website. They will also explain what each type of data means, how it is collected and how it should be interpreted. They will give concrete examples on how this data can be used to bring added value to the work of the participants.
At the end of this training you will be able to:
- - Gain in-depth knowledge about voting behaviour in the EP and the Council
- - Discover how to find the right political supporters for your campaigns
- - Use VoteWatch as a useful information tool for your daily work
Each participant will receive a certification of taking part in the course.
The fee for taking part in this training is 200 euros (excl. VAT). Journalists, NGOs and EU institutions’ staff benefit from a 50% discount. The fee includes course materials, water and coffee, a sandwich lunch and Wi-Fi access. Participants should bring their own laptop/tablet to make the most out of this training.
Deadline for registrations is 14 October 2014, but in order to ensure the participants an optimum experience, the number of seats is limited. To register, download, fill in and send back to us this form.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +32 2 318 11 88.
Dr Simon Hix (Chairman and co-founder) is 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.
Mr Doru Frantescu (Director and co-founder) is the main author of numerous reports on voting behaviour in the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers and particularly during the campaign for 2014 European elections he was quoted by the media around the world. 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.