EU Council and the Open Data Portal endorse VoteWatch Europe

We are proudly announcing that VoteWatch Europe has been recently included in the applications tab of the EU Open Data Portal. As the raw data regarding the EU are often difficult to read, the EU Open Data Portal features a series of applications which make big data more user-friendly and easy to read.

As the description on the portal points out, “our website: covers all voting activity in the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers since July 2009, including parliamentary questions, speeches and reports by MEPs from all 28 EU countries. Continue Reading

What do EU political families think about the Commission’s plans to cut bureaucracy and red tape?

Every year, the European Commission adopts a plan of action for the next twelve months. The Work Programme is prepared in dialogue with the European Parliament and with the European Council.

In the year 2015 the Work Programme has set its focus on a series of proposals and existing legislation, which will be reviewed for the benefit of Europe’s citizens and entrepreneurs. The EU’s regulations play a key role in creating growth and jobs, which is the Juncker Commission’s top priority. While all political forces support this objective in principle, the key challenge is how exactly to achieve it, through more or less regulation? The new EU Executive believes that the answer is to keep EU legislation simple – not to go beyond what is necessary to achieve policy goals and to avoid overlapping layers of regulation.[1] Continue Reading

EU political families fail to reach consensus on what the Commission should do in 2015

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As this vote has just shown, the European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, will have a hard time building majorities in the European Parliament: the EU legislative was unable to reach a common position with regard to the plans put forward by the Executive for 2015.

In a dramatic display of power play, the political groups voted down each other’s proposals one by one. Continue Reading

Juncker Commission easily survives its first big test in the EP

The Motion of Censure on the EU Commission, tabled by 76 EFDD and non-attached MEPs, was rejected by 101 votes in favour, 461 against and 88 abstentions. The number of MEPs voting against the motion, and thus in favour of the Commission, was higher than the number of MEPs who have voted in favour of the appointment of Juncker’s Commission in October 2014.

Click here to see how each MEP voted on the resolution.

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Juncker vote reveals Socialist divisions in Parliament

Euractiv.com
23 October 2014

A dissident group of 32 MEPs amongst the Socialists & Democrats group in the European Parliament didn’t support Jean-Claude Juncker’s new Commission, according to data by Votewatch Europe.

Jean-Claude Juncker’s new Commission won the support of the European Parliament yesterday (22 October) with 423 votes in favour, 209 against, and 67 abstentions. Continue Reading

Super Grand Coalition EPP-S&D-ALDE approves the New European Commission

The European Parliament elected today the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker.

The decision passed by 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The winning majority was composed of the EPP, S&D (with the Spanish delegation abstaining) and ALDE groups. GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups voted against while the ECR group, who gave the instruction to abstain, was split. Continue Reading