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Lack of ‘political will’ on public voting records

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Parliament under pressure to release more data on how it makes decisions.


The European Parliament has come under increased pressure to release more data on how it makes decisions, notably in releasing information on how MEPs vote. VoteWatch.eu, which provides online monitoring and analysis of the Parliament’s voting data, has called for all voting by MEPs, whether in plenary or in committees, to be recorded and made public.

Doru Frantescu of VoteWatch.eu says that the Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers should do more to make their work more transparent – especially with details of how votes are carried out. Continue Reading

Summary of the 20-22 September 2010 EP plenary session

The Financial Supervision Package was adopted by the European Parliament

The architecture of the European financial supervision, as approved by the Parliament, will consist in a European Systemic Risk Board and 3 independent authorities to supervise banks (based in London), insurance and pensions (based in Frankfurt) and securities and markets (based in Paris).

The system is conceived as a European response for preventing future financial crisis. The 6 separate reports were adopted by large majorities in the EP plenary, with only the anti-European group (EFD) opposing. However, the MEPs from the EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL groups underlined that, although they welcome the compromise reached with the Council over the content of the new regulations, they see this as only the beginning of the transition towards a real European economic and financial governance, as new regulations will follow shortly. Continue Reading

Summary of the 6-9 September 2010 EP plenary session

New guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States have been suggested by the European Parliament in a report under the consultation procedure. The document, whose provisions recommend to Member State measures so as to increase the employment rate in the EU up to 75% of the active population, was adopted in the plenary by a large majority composed of EPP+ALDE+S&D+Greens/EFA. However, the radical-left (GUE/NGL) and the anti-Europeans (EFD) voted against the proposal, while the conservatives (ECR) abstained (click to see the distribution of votes and text). Continue Reading

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Il Fatto Quotidiano

Politica continentale sotto la lente del web, grazie al sito che pubblica il tasso di presenza, di ribellione rispetto al gruppo di appartenenza, le interrogazioni e gli interventi tenuti in plenaria.

Nell’Italia in cui la trasparenza degli eletti non rappresenta più un valore fondante del mandato elettorale, l’etica politica si affievolisce e gli unici a dover parare il colpo pagandolo con la sfiducia tout court sono i cittadini. Continue Reading

Summary of the 5-8 July 2010 EP plenary session

The SWIFT agreement ratified: the Parliament has approved the agreement between the EU and the US on transfer of data regarding the financial transactions of EU citizens. The House had rejected the initial form of this agreement earlier this year, but has now agreed to its amended form that provides additional guarantees aimed at ensuring the proper use of the data by the US authorities, such as the delegation of a special EU official to Washington to supervise these operations.

The legislative resolution was supported by an EPP+S&D+ALDE+ECR majority, while the Greens/EFA and the radical left – GUE/NGL have opposed it. Also on the opposing side were the British members of the EFD group, as well as 2 Italian ALDE MEPs, and a small number of German MEPs of the EPP and S&D groups. Notably, the ALDE and S&D groups, after they have rejected the initial agreement in February, have now voted in favor of the amended form, considering that this new deal provides the right balance between the right to privacy of EU citizens and the need to have proper tools to fight terrorism. Continue Reading

Les coalitions varient en fonction des sujets au Parlement européen

RTL Belgique

Le positionnement des trois principaux groupes politiques au Parlement européen varie largement en fonction des sujets, selon une étude du site web indépendant d’analyse VoteWatch. Si le Parlement penche à droite sur les questions économiques, il est plutôt à gauche sur plusieurs enjeux sociétaux.

A la différence d’un parlement national, l’assemblée européenne ne fonctionne pas sur base d’une majorité claire appuyant l’action d’un gouvernement. Continue Reading

Centre-right losing ground in EU parliament

EUObserver

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament is losing ground despite winning the last elections, a new study of voting patterns says. The EPP has been on the winning side in parliament 93 percent of the time, voting Yes or No when the majority of MEPs voted Yes or No, in the 792 votes that took place in the past year, the survey, carried out by academics in the VoteWatch project, said. Continue Reading

ALDE: “Kingmaker”?

Europolitics

The last European elections saw the European People’s Party (EPP) increase its share of members of the European Parliament. However, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) has been on the winning side of votes most frequently (over 95% of the time). These are the main findings of a VoteWatch.euannual report, released on 30 June, on voting behaviour in the Parliament in the first year after the new elections (July 2009 to June 2010). Continue Reading

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