European People’s Party (EPP) is the most united political family in the new European Parliament term

The largest European political group, the EPP, is proving much better at mobilising its members in this first part of the new parliamentary term, and as a result it continues to be the group who has won most votes. All of this despite substantial losses in the May 2014 elections. This can be partly explained by the new political landscape, with the EPP under increased pressure to rally its members. Continue Reading

Greens/EFA Members are the most participative in European Parliament votes

Similar to the first six months of the preceding Parliament, the European political group most present in the roll-call votes is the Greens-EFA, with an average participation of 90.5%. It is closely followed by the centre-left S&D group (90%). Interestingly, the non-attached MEPs have become much more participative in votes after the elections: their participation score has gone up from 77% to 89%. Continue Reading

The make-up and break-up of the ‘EU governing coalition’ ?

 

During the first six months of the current term of the European Parliament (July 2014 – December 2014), the three pro-European groups at the centre of the spectrum have succeeded in being ‘on the winning side’ much more often than the other groups, as a result of pre-vote agreements between them. Had there not been the vote in January 2015, when the political groups founded impossible to reach consensus on the Commission’s working plan for the current year, we could have concluded that a (super) grand coalition is alive and well. Continue Reading

Press release: “Who holds the power in the new European Parliament ? And why ?”

Brussels, 27 February 2015. VoteWatch Europe, the organisation tracking the voting and activity records of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), has released a special report to shed light on the developments of the first 6 months of the new EP term. The report is based mainly on the roll-call votes in the EP plenary.

VoteWatch Europe finds that the “grand coalition” (EPP-S&D-ALDE) is more frequent in votes in this EP than in the previous two EPs.  Continue Reading

LuxLeaks: EU parliamentarians set up a special committee to look into tax rulings

LuxLeaks: EU parliamentarians set up a special committee to look into tax rulings 

 

The EP’s political group leaders have decided to set up a special committee to look into tax rulings by member states.

The creation of the special committee was adopted with an overwhelming majority of 612 Parliamentarians voting in favour, 19 against and 23 abstaining from the vote. The MEPs who did not vote in favour of this text came mainly from the UKIP (who voted against) and French Front National (who abstained). Click here to see how each MEP voted. Continue Reading

EU political families fail to reach consensus on what the Commission should do in 2015

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As this vote has just shown, the European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, will have a hard time building majorities in the European Parliament: the EU legislative was unable to reach a common position with regard to the plans put forward by the Executive for 2015.

In a dramatic display of power play, the political groups voted down each other’s proposals one by one. Continue Reading

Juncker Commission easily survives its first big test in the EP

The Motion of Censure on the EU Commission, tabled by 76 EFDD and non-attached MEPs, was rejected by 101 votes in favour, 461 against and 88 abstentions. The number of MEPs voting against the motion, and thus in favour of the Commission, was higher than the number of MEPs who have voted in favour of the appointment of Juncker’s Commission in October 2014.

Click here to see how each MEP voted on the resolution.

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Juncker vote reveals Socialist divisions in Parliament

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23 October 2014

A dissident group of 32 MEPs amongst the Socialists & Democrats group in the European Parliament didn’t support Jean-Claude Juncker’s new Commission, according to data by Votewatch Europe.

Jean-Claude Juncker’s new Commission won the support of the European Parliament yesterday (22 October) with 423 votes in favour, 209 against, and 67 abstentions. Continue Reading

Super Grand Coalition EPP-S&D-ALDE approves the New European Commission

The European Parliament elected today the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker.

The decision passed by 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The winning majority was composed of the EPP, S&D (with the Spanish delegation abstaining) and ALDE groups. GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups voted against while the ECR group, who gave the instruction to abstain, was split. Continue Reading

EP elects Juncker as new European Commission President

In an unprecedented vote since the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty, the European Parliament elected former Luxembourgish Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. The vote was by secret ballot and Juncker was elected by 422 votes in favour, 250 against, 47 abstentions and 10 void (blank or spoilt).

This concludes the new procedure inaugurated by the 2014 EP elections, through which each European political party nominated a lead candidate to preside the European Commission. Continue Reading