VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 5.2. Gender balance in the workplace


This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here), which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already being used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2021: Top 100 most politically influential MEPs


This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the only MEP ranking to measure influence through two crucial dimensions, namely:

– Political influence: the ability to change legislation, win votes, and shape debates;

– Social influence: the ability to reach people, shift the public conversation, and build a community of support. Continue Reading

Exclusive insights from stakeholders & policy makers: all available interviews


VoteWatch Europe reached out to several MEPs to find out more about their opinion regarding different European initiatives. This series of interviews will provide more qualitative insights about the positioning of MEPs on policy areas such as environment, trade, employment, foreign and security policy, etc. It should be seen as a complement to our qualitative tools, including our advanced mappings of MEPs, which you can find here. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 10. LGBTIQ+


This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here), which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already being used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making. Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview with MEP Bart Groothuis: EU Hydrogen Strategy


The EU Hydrogen Strategy, adopted by the European Commission in the second half of 2020, will be the main point of reference for future EU action on hydrogen and the decarbonisation of the European energy mix. Hydrogen is attracting attention for both its potential in supporting the transition to a climate neutral economy, whilst at the same time revitalising that same economy. Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview with Ms Luisa Santos: EU-UK Trade post-Brexit


The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement was signed in December 2020, and brought into effect in May 2021, as a post-Brexit trade deal. Yet, many questions and challenges remain, such as the Northern Irish protocol and the UK losing its representation at the EU legislative level.

VoteWatch reached out to Ms Luisa Santos, Deputy Director General of BusinessEurope and Chair of BusinessEurope’s EU-UK Task Force to find out more about the future of the EU-UK trade relationship.  Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: Directory by policy area


This is a directory of the currently available influence matrices (which are explained in-depth here). Our new analytical tools will help you identify the kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs, as well as show you how to forecast the outcome and build majorities that would support your priorities.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU agenda and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities.Use this analytical tool to spot:

a) how influential MEPs are in a given policy area (vertical axis). Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Wolters: What to expect from European Due Diligence legislation


In March 2021, the European Parliament called on the Commission to put forward a European Due Diligence framework, which will notably require companies to deal with human rights and environmental issues in their supply chains.

VoteWatch reached out Dutch MEP Lara Wolters from the S&D (rapporteur for the Corporate Due Diligence and corporate accountability legislative initiative report) to find out more about the upcoming framework and what impacts it will have.  Continue Reading

Influence Index 2021: Top influential MEPs on the EU’s Digital policies


This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the only MEP ranking to measure influence through two crucial dimensions, namely:

  • – Political influence: the ability to change legislation, win votes, and shape debates;

  • – Social influence: the ability to reach people, shift the public conversation, and build a community of support.

Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Mick Wallace: EU Foreign and Security Policy


The recent withdrawal from Afghanistan has re-ignited debate on the future of European defence and the prospect of an “EU Army”. Vice-President Borrell’s suggestion of a rapid reaction force is the latest proposal for closer EU coordination in defence. However, it remains a controversial issue with supporters and detractors across the political spectrum. Continue Reading