This special VoteWatch Europe report looks at the dymamics in voting behavior in the two EU legislative institutions. It shows that legislation backed by the centre-right in the European Parliament is almost automatically passed by the Council, whereas legislation backed by the centre-left in EP finds it more difficult to get approval from the Member States due to contrasting majorities. The report also identifies that the British and Czech Conservatives are the national party delegations in the EP that vote most often different from their own Government on identical pieces of legislation.
What are the most contentious policy areas in the Council? Which Member States voted 'No' most often? How often are decisions taken by qualified majority? Which minister or ambassador took part in most Council meetings? VoteWatch Europe breaks new ground in EU transparency by making public statistics on the voting records of the EU's 27 Member States in the Council of Ministers. In the most comprehensive project of its kind to date, the VoteWatch Europe team has collected data on how governments voted in the Council from July 2009 to the present. You can find the report here. You can also find a data annex to the report here.
This special VoteWatch.eu report shows how the the 3 declared candidates to the January 2012 EP presidency elections, Nirj Deva, Martin Schulz and Diana Wallis voted on a set of key issues that have gone through the EP in the first half of the 2009-2014 term. It also shows aggregate statistics on participation to votes, representativeness and matching of policy preferences.
This VoteWatch.eu report looks into the voting patterns in the first 2 years of the 2009-2014 European Parliament, focusing on voting dynamics within the main European Political Groups (EPP,S&D,ALDE). The study, based on 1896 roll-call votes, finds that inside of the EPGs, there are certain differences in the voting behaviour of national party delegations. The study places each national party delegation on a left-right axis and shows which ones shape the policy of the EPGs most.
This VoteWatch.eu report looks into the voting patterns in the first 18 months of the 7th European Parliament. The study, based on 1351 roll-call votes, finds that the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) continue to vote based on ideology rather than nationality and identifies the coalition formation pattern between the 7 political groups in the EP on each of the 20 policy areas. The research has shown increased party competition on a number of policy areas, such as civil liberties, environment and development, while also noting that the average rate of attendance of MEPs to plenary works remains high.