MEPs call on Russia to genuinely support Ukraine’s peace plan

The EP adopted a resolution calling on Russia to back Ukrainian peace plan, to respect the ceasefire and stressing the fundamental right of Ukrainian people to freely determine their country’s economic and political future. MEPs ask the Council and the Member States to impose further sanctions and to reduce EU’s dependence on Russian gas as well as to set up a collective ban of sale of arms to the country. Continue Reading

Stronger measures to fight youth unemployment

The EP voted by an extensive majority a resolution calling for stronger measures to fight youth unemployment, comprising the introduction of common minimum standards for the quality of apprenticeships, decent wages and access to employment services.

MEPs ask for the efficient monitoring of the implementation of the Youth Guarantee and for the increase of its overall budget. Continue Reading

July 2014 EP plenary Newsletter: EC/Juncker, Latvia/Euro, Russia/Ukraine, EP committees and more

In this edition:

1. Martin Schulz re-elected as EP President
2. EP Committees’ Bureaus elected
3. EP elects Juncker as new European Commission President
4. Super Grand Coalition EPP-S&D-ALDE pushes through Commission’s reshuffle
5. Large EP majority welcomes Lithuania as 19th member of the Eurozone
6. MEPs call on Russia to genuinely support Ukraine’s peace plan
7. Stronger measures to fight youth unemployment
8. MEPs approve a resolution urging a ceasefire in the Gaza strip

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UK and Germany vote against each other most often in the EU Council – VoteWatch Europe study

Council of the EU: UK and Germany vote against each other most often

Brussels, 11 June 2014

Against the background of the debates concerning the nomination of the next European Commission President by the European Council, a study undertaken by VoteWatch Europe shows that among the 28 EU Member States, the United Kingdom and Germany have voted against each other most often in the EU Council of Ministers. Data collected by VoteWatch Europe in the period July 2009 – May 2014 illustrates that these two countries have disagreed on 16% of the formal votes cast in the Council.

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PRESS RELEASE: Radical left and right least active in EP votes – VoteWatch Europe end of term scorecard

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VoteWatch Europe end-of-term scorecard:

Radical left and right least active in EP votes

Brussels, 13 May 2014

Centrist Members of the European Parliament have been more active, on average, than their colleagues from the radical left and right, according to a VoteWatch Europe analysis of the 2009-2014 European Parliament term published today. The centrist pro-European groups have also become more cohesive, despite increasing cultural and geographical diversity. Continue Reading

PRESS RELEASE – New PollWatch2014 prediction: EPP pulls further ahead of S&D

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New PollWatch2014 prediction:

EPP pulls further ahead of S&D

Brussels, 7 May 2014

The centre-right EPP group has pulled further ahead of the centre-left S&D group in the latest PollWatch2014 prediction of the outcome of the 2014 European Parliament elections. Today the EPP is forecast to win 216 seats, and the S&D Group 205.
In the last week of opinion polls, S&D parties have lost ground in France and Poland, while EPP parties have gained in Spain, Romania and Poland. Continue Reading

PRESS RELEASE: MEPs from ‘old’ Member States are the most active; German MEPs secure key co-decision files – VoteWatch Europe end-of-term scorecard

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VoteWatch Europe end-of-term scorecard:

MEPs from ‘old’ Member States are the most active;
German MEPs secure key co-decision files

Brussels, 6 May 2014

Members of the European Parliament from the 15 ‘old’ EU Member States have been more active, on average, than their colleagues from the 13 ‘new’ countries, according to a VoteWatch Europe analysis of the 2009-2014 European Parliament term which was published today. Continue Reading

14-17 April 2014 EP plenary roll-call votes:Banking Union, EU transparency register, New Fisheries Fund, Use of plastic bags and more‏

In this edition:

1. EP takes important step in the direction of banking union
2. MEPs vote for transparency push for lobbyists
3. New Fisheries Fund approved by MEPs
4. EP votes to reduce the use of plastic bags
5. EP calls for constructive dialogue between Ukraine and Russia
6. EP reviews the Commission’s SMEs ‘Top Ten’ initiative

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