Special highlights from EU decision making: Qualified Majority Voting, Animal testing, EU semester, EU-Russia relations, Pakistan, UAE

EP Plenary session – State of the European Union debate
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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

Exclusive interview with MEP Jongerius: the future of minimum wages in Europe


In October 2020, after two rounds of consultation with social partners, the European Commission presented a proposal for a Directive on Adequate Minimum Wages in the European Union. The proposal has been met with mixed feelings. If on one side social partners saw in the Directive a chance for the European Union to improve the lives of millions of EU workers, other parties started questioning whether the European Union has the competences to put forward such a proposal and whether the Directive will be effective in achieving its objectives. Continue Reading

Free webinar: EU policy insights for PA Professionals (Fall update)


Thursday 16 September 2021, 3:00 – 3:30 PM (CET)

Join us in this free webinar of the Public Affairs Council, which will feature a 30-minute conversation with Doru Frantescu, co-founder and CEO of VoteWatch Europe, regarding the key trends, political developments and legislative files dominating the EU agenda after the summer break. You will gain insights on the following:

– Hot topics and key policy files which EU public affairs professionals should watch out for as EU institutions return from the summer break

– The state of play in key EU files in sectors such as the environment, digital, health, foreign policy, and others

– National trends and political developments EU-based professionals should be aware of

– Key legislative milestones and challenges ahead for your sector

The event is free of charge, but requires prior registration. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: Directory by policy area


This is a directory of the currently available influence matrices (which are explained in-depth here). Our new analytical tools will help you identify the kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs, as well as show you how to forecast the outcome and build majorities that would support your priorities.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU agenda and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities.Use this analytical tool to spot:

a) how influential MEPs are in a given policy area (vertical axis). Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 6.1.2. Data protection


This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already been used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU push towards more regulation on data protection and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading

‘Fit for 55’ legislative package: mapping MEPs’ views and influence


This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already been used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

By combining (objective) data science with expert insight, we filter out the noise and show the actual positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU climate policy agenda. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: EU Taxonomy & energy, NATO, Middle East, better regulation and teleworking

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

This special briefing includes our latest observations regarding the politics behind EU policies on the following subjects:

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

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 6.1.1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)


This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already been used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU push towards more regulation on Artificial Intelligence and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading

College of Europe and University of Groningen join our selective group of users of advanced EU political analytics!


VoteWatch Europe is pleased to announce that the College of Europe (Belgium) and University of Groningen (Netherlands) have recently joined our premium community, taking its place alongside many other top-tier academic institutions that benefit from our advanced analytics, such as KU Leuven, Maastricht University, Pompeu Fabra University and many others. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 1.1: Due Diligence


This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already being used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU push towards more regulation on due diligence and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading