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: 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

5 takeaways from our special event with Prof. Simon Hix

Our latest event on the future of Europe post-2019 featured a brilliant intervention by Prof. Simon Hix (Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Co-Founder of VoteWatch Europe), who provided valuable insights on what might happen next year. Additionally, Doru Frantescu (Director and Co-Founder of VoteWatch Europe) provided key updates on the policy forecasts that VoteWatch Europe is carrying out in the run-up to the European elections.  Continue Reading

Policy forecasts – EU Digital Intellectual Property Rights after 2019

At the beginning of September, we kicked-off our newest series of forecasts on the likely post-electoral policy shifts. After our previous reports on the future direction of EU data protection and trade policies, we are now focusing on the future development of EU policies on Intellectual Property Rights in the digital single market.

This topic is particularly hot due to the recent votes on the introduction of stricter rules on the protection of copyright online. Continue Reading

EP elections forecasts: EU trade policies from 2019

At the beginning of September, we launched our newest series of forecasts on the likely post-electoral policy shifts. After our previous report on the future direction of EU data protection policieswe are now focusing on the political outlook for EU trade policy. 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of our forecast series, or simply in more detailed results, contact us at [email protected]   Continue Reading

EP elections forecast: EU data protection policies from 2019

With 9 months to go until the first EU elections without the UK, VoteWatch Europe is starting its series of forecasts on the likely post-electoral policy shifts. We are starting with a look at data protection, while many other areas will soon follow.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of our forecast series, or simply in more detailed results, contact us at [email protected]   Continue Reading

EU – outsider of the AI Revolution led by US and China

by Adrian Bazavan (PhD candidate in artificial intelligence, based in Beijing)

The new “nuclear race” is the race to reach a critical A.I. level, also called the technological singularity, which is likely to secure world supremacy to the power who reaches it first.

During the 19th century, Europe opened a new era for humanity by leading the Industrial Revolution. Continue Reading

Exclusive interview: Albanian progress on its path towards EU membership

 By Xhoana Shehu

The recent acceleration in the Western Balkans’ path towards EU membership results from the window of opportunity opened by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council, as the South Eastern country is highly supportive of the EU perspective of the region, due to the regional linkage they have. Indeed, after the 6-months Bulgarian Presidency, the Western Balkan region is back in the spotlight and is most likely going to stay in the center stage during the Austrian Council Presidency, starting at the end of June, since the country is also friendly to the region.

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Agreement or Polarization? How European Institutions and MEPs React to Regulating AI

Following pressures to create a legal framework for artificial intelligence, European institutions are starting to draft initiatives and proposals. So, let’s take the next step in our AI journey and look at how European political actors are positioning themselves today. Spoiler alert: with caution and slight optimism.

We start by looking at the latest announcement from the European Commission, as it sets the tone and direction for the entire European Union. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Seminar: The Multiannual Financial Framework and Its Politics

An Analytical Look at the Future of the EU Budget

In the next couple of years, the European Institutions and the Member States are going to be busy debating the next Multiannual Financial Framework, ie the financial programming and budgetary discipline of the seven years period between 2021 and 2028.

This is a fundamental political discussion: by defining in which areas the EU should invest, the MFF is an expression of political priorities as much as a budgetary planning tool. Continue Reading