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.

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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

Influence Index 2021: Top influential MEPs on EU’s External 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.

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Exclusive interview with MEP Lukas Mandl: EU Foreign and Security Policy


The recent military 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 still remains a controversial issue with supporters and detractors across the political spectrum. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Fourlas: EU – Turkey Relations


As the negotiations for Turkey’s EU accession tend to divide the European Parliament and create discussions between the Member States of the European Union, Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention enters into force.

VoteWatch Europe reached out to Loucas Fourlas (EPP) to discuss his views on EU – Turkey relations. The MEP from Cyprus is a part of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2021: Top influential MEPs on EU’s Health policy


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.

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Exclusive interview with MEP Ștefănuță: the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

Interview with MEP Stefanuta

The new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) aims to address the potential gap in climate policy ambition between the member states of the European Union and third countries by putting a carbon price on specific imports to the EU. In July 2021, the European Commission issued its long-awaited proposal on this core element of the Fit for 55 package which is now awaiting further action in the European Parliament. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2021: Top influential MEPs on EU’s Environmental policy


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.

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Exclusive interview with MEP Hautala: 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 to Finnish MEP Heidi Hautala from the Greens/EFA (vice-president of the EP and shadow 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

Special highlights from EU decision making: Biodiversity, Due diligence, EU-US relations, EU Taxonomy

CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2020 – Source: EP

Lessons learned from this month’s key votes in the European Parliament (click on the links to check the breakdown of the votes):


NB: the Commission pays attention to the size of EP majorities not only when voting on legislation, but also when own-initiative reports are being passed in the preparatory stages, hence the Commission is likely to shape the actual upcoming legislative proposals in line with these political majorities to avoid complications. Continue Reading