VoteWatch Europe special policy brief 1/2014
In the end of 2013 the European Parliament adopted a key legislative document, which sets out the EU’s priorities in funding major cross-border energy, transportation and telecommunication projects, in the framework of its next multiannual budget: The Connecting Europe Facility.
This policy brief analyses votes on energy that were cast in the 2009-2014 term, giving an overview of the priorities of the outgoing Members of the European Parliament. Continue Reading
This special VoteWatch Europe 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. Continue Reading
In this paper Simon Hix and Abdul Noury look at patterns of MEP voting and party behaviour in the first half (July 2004 to December 2007) of the current European Parliament. Despite the addition of 10 new member states, voting in the European Parliament is still primarily along transnational party lines rather than national lines. Nevertheless, the MEPs from the new10 member states do sometimes vote differently from their colleagues from the old15 member states, as was the case on the Services Directive. Continue Reading