Exclusive Interview with MEP Brando Benifei: Conference on the Future of Europe


This year 2022 is expected to conclude the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), an exercise of deliberative democracy bringing together citizens and representatives of the EU institutions. After months of debates and consultations, questions remain regarding what the final outcome will be when the Conference ends in spring. Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview with MEP Barry Andrews: EU-UK relations – Northern Ireland Protocol


The Northern Ireland Protocol has become a significant sticking point in EU-UK relations post-Brexit, being pulled back into the spotlight after calls by the UK for the Protocol to be renegotiated and threats of triggering Article 16 to suspend it entirely. Continue Reading

Special report: how will the Council look like next year, and what implications will it bring for EU policies?


As we are approaching the mid-term of the von der Leyen Commission, and ahead of the Parliament reshuffle, VoteWatch takes a closer look at the changes in the Council over the past 2 and half years and their likely impact on the main upcoming legislative proposals. 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

Exclusive insights from stakeholders & policy makers: all available interviews


VoteWatch Europe reached out to several MEPs to find out more about their opinion regarding different European initiatives. This series of interviews will provide more qualitative insights about the positioning of MEPs on policy areas such as environment, trade, employment, foreign and security policy, etc. It should be seen as a complement to our qualitative tools, including our advanced mappings of MEPs, which you can find here. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview with MEP Eleonora Evi: Conference on the Future of Europe


In spring 2021, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) was launched, sparking a series of debates and consultations across the continent with the goal of collecting ideas from citizens and stakeholders to shape the future of the EU.

The European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed on a joint presidency, and each appointed representatives for a common Executive Board. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: Covid-19 vaccines, EU Pharmaceutical Strategy, Critical Raw Materials (CRM), EU Trade

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New qualitative insights: stakeholder interviews

VoteWatch Europe reached out to several MEPs to find out more about their opinions regarding different European initiatives. This series of interviews will provide more qualitative insights about the positioning of MEPs and other stakeholders on policy areas such as environment, trade, employment, foreign and security policy etc. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 5.2. Gender balance in the workplace


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), 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. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2021: Top 100 most politically influential MEPs


This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the only MEP ranking to measure influence through two crucial dimensions, namely:

– Political influence: the ability to change legislation, win votes, and shape debates;

– Social influence: the ability to reach people, shift the public conversation, and build a community of support. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 10. LGBTIQ+


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), 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. Continue Reading