Personal data privacy vs. counter-terrorism measures: what will EU parliamentarians decide in 2015?

On February 2015, the European Parliament passed a resolution to address new anti-terrorism measures that should be put in place this year. The document referenced the collection of passenger name records (PNR). Passenger Name Records are, in essence, data about our flight details. It includes several different types of information, such as travel dates, ticket information and payment information.[1]

The EU governments have sought access to this passenger data and requested additional information from airline companies, and therefore third countries’ governments, through far-reaching PNR agreements. The European Commission proposed the EU PNR system as a key tool in the fight against terrorism. On 2010, the EP adopted the EU external strategy on PNR, which opened the negotiations between the EU and Australia, Canada and the United States on the exchange of this type of data between these international actors. Continue Reading

Establishment of single EU Telecoms market seen as the key for Europe’s Rennaissance

The Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament believes that a single market for electronic communications is a key tool for creating smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. According to specialised studies[1] in e-commerce, EU citizens could save around 60 billion EUR a year as a result of lower prices in telecoms and 95 billion EUR as a result of having more choices. A single market for electronic communications would also increase consumer choices, quality of service and contribute to territorial and social cohesion, as well facilitate overall mobility across the EU. Continue Reading

LuxLeaks: EU parliamentarians set up a special committee to look into tax rulings

LuxLeaks: EU parliamentarians set up a special committee to look into tax rulings 


The EP’s political group leaders have decided to set up a special committee to look into tax rulings by member states.

The creation of the special committee was adopted with an overwhelming majority of 612 Parliamentarians voting in favour, 19 against and 23 abstaining from the vote. The MEPs who did not vote in favour of this text came mainly from the UKIP (who voted against) and French Front National (who abstained). Click here to see how each MEP voted. Continue Reading

EU parliamentarians push to end flogging of Saudi blogger

The EU parliamentarians adopted a non-legislative resolution strongly condemning the flogging of Mr Raif Badawi by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

The resolution, signed by all the EU political groups, except the Christian democrats (EPP), was adopted by 460 votes in favour, 153 against and 29 abstentions. The EPP group voted against the resolution and explained that it could not support the text as it stands because it associates Saudi Arabia with the organisation Islamic State, in regard to the type of punishments used. Continue Reading

EU Parliament condemns human rights violations in Syria and Iraq; communists disapprove global campaign against ISIL

Today, the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution that condemned the violation and abuse of human rights committed in relation to the insurgent group Islamic State (IS) within Syria and Iraq. The resolution also called for more humanitarian aid and for more assistance to be given to the millions suffering as a result of the crisis.

The final vote on the resolution was not done by roll-call. Continue Reading

The Left and Eurosceptic groups cling to victory: tough criticism of the CIA’s counter-terrorism programme adopted in the EP

The Socialists, Liberal democrats, hard left and Eurosceptic have succeeded in forming a majority, defeating opposition from the Christian-democrats and conservatives. Christian Democrats and conservatives would have preferred a more moderate position, focusing on the necessity of close cooperation between the EU and the USA in fighting and countering terrorism. Continue Reading

Leftist EU political groups urge for mandatory indication of the origin of meat in ready meals

Today, a majority of Members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of a non-binding resolution saying that the indication of the country of origin should be made mandatory also for meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, like for example lasagne.

The resolution was adopted by 460 votes in favour, 204 against and 33 abstentions. The text was supported by a centre-left coalition made by the S&D group, the Greens and the GUE/NGL groups plus the conservatives of the ECR and the liberals of ALDE. Continue Reading

Majority of MEPs call on the EU to adopt new measures fighting terrorism, PNR

MEPs passed a resolution condemning the acts of terrorism and voted to adopt new anti-terrorism measures in the EU. An overwhelming majority was formed by the Socialists, Liberal democrats, Christian democrats and Conservatives. Click here to see how each MEP voted.


The resolution called on Member States to strengthen external border controls and expressed concerns about the rapidly rising number of EU nationals traveling to conflict areas. Continue Reading

Who holds the power in the new European Parliament ? – Launch of VoteWatch Europe special report – 27 February 2015

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Who holds the power in the new European Parliament ? And Why ?

First VoteWatch Europe report of the 8th European Parliament term! 

You are warmly invited to attend the public launch of VoteWatch Europe first special report of the 8th Parliamentary term taking place on 27 February 2015from 12.00 to 13.15 at the Thon Hotel EU. Continue Reading

The parliamentarians of which EU political family are most participative (in votes) ?

There are 7 political families in the European Parliament. Individual Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sit not according to nationality, but join political families according to their own ideology.

Some MEPs participate in votes more often than others.

Tell us which group do you think has the parliamentarians who participate, on average, most frequently in votes in the EP plenary ? Continue Reading