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 Rapport: Hoe hebben Belgische EP-leden gestemd over het belastingbeleid?

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Dit rapport van VoteWatch onderzoekt de mate waarin er politieke steun is voor fiscale initiatieven op EU-niveau (met een focus op Belgische Europarlementariërs). We hebben in het bijzonder gekeken naar het gedrag van Belgische politici bij het stemmen over 10 belangrijke belastingkwesties. Continue Reading

Rapport VoteWatch: Comment les eurodéputés belges ont-ils voté sur la politique fiscale?

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Ce rapport de VoteWatch Europe examine le niveau de soutien politique aux initiatives fiscales au niveau de l’UE (avec une attention particulière sur les députés belges). Nous avons notamment observé le comportement des politiques belges lors du vote sur 10 questions fiscales clés. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Report: How did Belgian MEPs vote on taxation policy?

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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

Influence Index 2020: Methodology for Political Influence

This methodology applies to the “political influence” dimension, which is one of the two components of the Influence Index. For more information on the methodology related to the “social influence” dimension, check out the dedicated website, or send your inquiry to [email protected]

 

This assessment is based on concrete actions (the activities undertaken by MEPs and their achievements), as opposed to subjective perceptions from the public or peers. Continue Reading

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

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

Review: ‘Parlement’, the new series on the European Parliament

If someone asks you to define EU politics in one word, “entertaining” and “fun” are unlikely to be the first words that come to your mind. The common perception of EU institutions as lifeless and dull also explains why they have been rarely subjects of TV shows, movies, and series. Even the numerous US-based political series tend to ignore the EU and prefer to focus more on US relations with Russia or China. Continue Reading