24-27 February 2014 EP Plenary votes: new rules on roll-call votes, European Semester, Tobacco products directive, prostitution and sexual exploitation, EU neighbourhood and more

In this edition:

1. Final votes in committees will be recorded
2. EP formally recognised MEPs’ “excused” absences
3. EP approved 2020 target to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars
4. The MEPs backed law to make the EU more attractive to foreign students and researchers
5.¬†Aid to the EU’s most deprived citizens
6. Economic policies coordination
7. MEPs adopted revised tobacco directive
8. The EP in favour of punishing the client and not the prostitute
9. Visas for Moldovan citizens abolished
10. MEPs propose financial assistance for Ukraine
11. MEPs call for more respect for fundamental rights

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3-6 February 2014 EP Plenary votes: Roadmap against homophobia, EU2030 climate/energy targets, Meat labelling, BiH/Montenegro/FYROM and more

In this edition:

1. MEPs agree on simplified procedures for people moving to a different EU country
2. A renewed call for EU roadmap against homophobia
3. MEPs approve rules on music copyright
4. The EP supports the recovery of the EU steel industry
5. MEPs in favour of binding climate targets
6. EP approves revision of air passenger rights rules
7. The EP adopts legislation regarding non-EU seasonal workers rights
8. The EP calls for stricter rules of meat labelling
9. MEPs assess progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and FYROM in 2013
10. The EP supports Ukrainian citizens’ rights to decide on their geopolitical orientation

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EU energy policy: how do MEPs vote? VoteWatch Europe special policy brief 1/2014

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

Political records of 2012 EP Presidency candidates

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

After Enlargement: Voting Patterns in the Sixth European Parliament

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