Key take-aways from the vote on von der Leyen – Tough times ahead

Election of the President of the Commission – MEPs greet Ursula VON DER LEYEN the newly elected President of the EC

Photo credit: ©European Union 2019, Source: EP, Marc Dossmann

The extremely small majority by which Ursula von der Leyen passed in the Parliament confirms our forecasts on what we can expect in the next 5 years in EU politics. Here are our key take-aways:

Every MEP will count! Continue Reading

Full background of new MEPs: what does it tell us?

Election of the Vice-Presidents of the Parliament- result of the elections of the first ballot

MEPs’ views are shaped primarily by their political families and their nationality (not always in this order). However, in the case of more technical subjects, other key factors influence politicians’ mindset: their own professional and educational background. We have gone through the CVs of all MEPs who took their seat in the new Parliament and this report reveals some of our findings. Continue Reading

Key take-aways: what the outcome of the EU elections will bring

As the dust settles and the emotion dissipates across the continent, we now need to look at the future. Here are our main take-aways that indicate what we can expect EU decision-making to look like in the coming years:

– Higher turn-out in EU elections means that the debates with regard to the decisions made in Brussels in the past years resonated among the publics in the member states. Continue Reading

How the old “pro-anti” EU framing becomes obsolete after EU elections

Our high-profile partners are asking us the right question with regards to the elections and we thought to share with you a summary of the answer. At VoteWatch Europe we filter out the noise and guide our partners through the EU decision-making jungle with our unrivaled fact-based analytics that allows them to see who are the actual opponents and supporters of any initiative or piece of regulation. Continue Reading

Top 100 most influential EU Parliamentarians

This report shows which EU Parliamentarians have been the most influential towards the end of the parliamentary term. The study also reveals which national groups have been punching above/below their weight when it comes to influencing European policies through the EP.  The assessment is based on the collection of all available information concerning the various actions of each MEP while exerting their mandate. Continue Reading

Winners and losers of Copyright war in the EU Parliament

One of the last plenary session of the European Parliament before the European Elections has been filled with ground-breaking developments. EU Parliamentarians fought and voted over the key (and controversial) decision on the EU copyright rules. On Tuesday, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. Continue Reading

Which MEPs changed their votes the most in the current EP term?

The European Parliament has a rather unusual mechanism that is known by very few insiders, which allows the MEPs to effectively change the way they voted after a decision has been made. This means that when a decision is made an MEP can vote one way, but then they can change their vote in the minutes (the ‘initial vote’ is still traceable in the minutes). Not surprisingly, this creates confusion as to the actual intention and views of the MEP. Continue Reading

EP2019: group discipline under pressure post-elections?

Guy VERHOFSTADT in plenary session Week 3 2017 in Strasbourg

In politics, strength is in numbers and in the European Parliament this is even more the case, especially after the upcoming European elections which will lead to a highly-fragmented House. So far, the European parliamentary groups have been impressively cohesive/disciplined, if we consider the big cultural and economic diversity of their members. Continue Reading

EP2019: how MEPs have made decisions during these 5 years?

Three months from now, many MEPs will try to keep their job by asking the EU citizens to give them another chance to move the EU forward. VoteWatch Europe will provide the public with a series of reports that reveal what and how the MEPs decided in these five years on behalf of half-a-billion citizens.  Today, we look at the big numbers.

Throughout these five years of the legislature, the European Parliament has hosted around 9,000 roll-call votes – these include separate votes on key paragraphs and amendments and are the “transparent votes”, in which the public can see which way each Member of the Parliament voted. Continue Reading

Book: “Lobbying in the EU” after Brexit, the views of a seasoned observer

Having set up and run for the past 10 years a leading Brussels-based observatory of EU politics, Doru Frantescu, CEO and Co-founder of VoteWatch Europe, shares his insights in this Springer’s book, Lobbying in the European Union. The volume is coordinated by  Doris Dialer and Margarethe Richter and combines insights from a broad range of practitioners and academia. Continue Reading