Webinar: European Policy-Making Process in Practice (Fall edition)

 

Looking to get better acquainted with the EU machinery? Join us in October for another one-day training session on the EU decision-making process! The training will be interactive and structured in four different thematic sections with breaks in between (including one hour break for lunch).

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Why participate?

📌 The training is client-tailored, based on the policy preferences of the participants;

📌 We will look together into how, when and by whom binding decisions are made;

📌 The training will go beyond the formal dynamics within the institutions, addressing the practicalities of internal processes in each of the institutions and the inter-institutional negotiations known as trilogues;

📌 In order to fully grasp the nature of EU decision-making, we will discuss the EU competences. Continue Reading

Book: How to Work with the EU Institutions: A Practical Guide to Successful Public Affairs in the EU

Having set up and run for the past 11 years a leading analytical information source on the politics behind EU policies made in Brussels, Doru Peter Frantescu, CEO and Co-founder of VoteWatch Europe, shares his insights in this John Harper Publishing forthcoming book – How to Work with the EU Institutions: A Practical Guide to Successful Public Affairs in the EU. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2020: Top influential MEPs on EU’s economic policy

This analysis is part of the Influence Indexa new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the first 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

Influence Index 2020: Top influential MEPs EU’s digital policy

This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the first 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

Influence Index 2020: Top influential MEPs on EU’s environmental policy

This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the first 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 Report: How did Belgian MEPs vote on taxation policy?

Creator: Gabor KOVACS
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The latest report by VoteWatch Europe investigates the level of political support for fiscal initiatives at the EU level (with a special focus on Belgian MEPs). In particular, we looked at the behaviour of Belgian politicians when voting on 10 key taxation issues. The second part of the report looks at the current state of play in the Council of the EU, which plays a pivotal role in this policy area, since any decisions require the unanimous support of EU national governments. Continue Reading

Influence Index 2020: Top influential MEPs on EU’s health policy

This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the first 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

Latest Council data: EU clustering at new high post-Brexit

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The latest Franco-German proposal to substantially increase the amount of money that will be managed by the EU brought a (much needed) boost of enthusiasm. However, the details of the new process of collecting and allocating the funds, as well as the EU’s broader crisis-management and economic recovery strategy, are what will eventually make things easier or harder for Europeans. Continue Reading

Webinar: European Policy-Making Process in Practice


 

Looking to get better acquainted with the EU machinery? Join us for a one-day training session on the EU decision-making process! The training will be interactive and structured in four different thematic sections with breaks in between (including one hour break for lunch). 


Why participate?

•The training is client-tailored, based on the policy preferences of the participants;

•We will look together into how, when and by whom binding decisions are made;

•We will cover all the latest institutional developments, such as the distribution of the new portfolios in the European Commission, the internal organization of the new European Parliament, and the ever-changing Presidencies of the Council of the European Union;

•The training will go beyond the formal dynamics within the institutions, addressing the practicalities of internal processes in each of the institutions and the inter-institutional negotiations known as trilogues;

•In order to fully grasp the nature of EU decision-making, we will discuss the EU competences. Continue Reading

How COVID-19 reshapes the EU budget battleground

As Chancellor Merkel and others put it, this is the most challenging moment for Europe (and probably the rest of the world) since WWII. As during WWII and its aftermath, this will also be a time when the patterns of international influence will be redefined by those that will cope the best with the challenges ahead of us, ie. the health crisis and its economic consequences.

Severe disruptions in the commercial routes in general and those of medical equipment and agri-food in particular, combined with the repatriation of expat workers already reveal both the strengths and the vulnerabilities of the social and economic basis of each of the Member States (as well as any country worldwide). Continue Reading