Winners and losers of EP Plenary April 2018

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

Survey results: who will lead the EU after 2019?

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

VoteWatch Europe provides you with the best EU data for your research

Have you ever dreamed about finding the best data source that you can rely on to write research papers on the EU political mechanisms?
 

As a leading EU affairs platform, VoteWatch Europe provides you with the most reliable and comprehensive data sets on voting in the European Parliament and the Council to verify your working hypothesis.  You can also have your paper published on our website, to gain visibility and prestige!

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VoteWatch data used for new book on the European Parliament

A new book on the European Parliament, featuring data from VoteWatch Europe is now available.  The book analyses the political dynamic of the European Parliament and looks at how, and how effectively, the parliament translates citizen demands into policies. The publication was written by Ariadna Ripoll Servent, Junior Professor of Political Science at the University of Bamberg. Continue Reading

Update: Top 5 Most Influential Dutch MEPs (September 2017)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Dennis de Jong, member of the Dutch Socialist Party (GUE-NGL), is the most influential Dutch MEP on our list. Continue Reading

Update: Top 3 Most Influential Estonian MEPs (September 2017)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Kaja Kallas, member of the Estonian Reform Party (ALDE/ADLE), tops our list as the most influential Estonian MEP. Continue Reading

Update: Top 10 Most Influential Polish MEPs (September 2017)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

 

Jerzy Buzek, member of Civic Platform (EPP), is the most influential Polish MEP on our list. Continue Reading

Update: Top 3 Most Influential Irish MEPs (September 2017)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament?” study.

Mairead McGuinness, member of Fine Gael (EPP), is the most influential Irish MEP. She has been an MEP since 2004 and she currently serves as one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament. Continue Reading

Update: Top 10 Most Influential French MEPs (September 2017)

Note: this country-based report is part of the broader study that measured the influence of MEPs from all 28 EU Members States. To consult the methodology and cross-country comparisons read the full “Who holds the power in the European Parliament? study.

Sylvie Guillaume, a member of the Socialist Party (S&D), is the most influential out of the French MEPs. Continue Reading