SAVE THE DATE: 23 April, Brussels
Timing: 12:30 – 13:30
– Prof. Simon Hix Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics; Co-Founder of VoteWatch Europe
– Susi Dennison, Senior Policy Fellow and Director of the European Power Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations
– Doru Frantescu, Director and Co-Founder, VoteWatch Europe
Karen Massin, CEO Burson Cohn & Wolfe Brussels. Continue Reading
VoteWatch Europe is the leading organisation that tracks and forecasts EU political developments, through a unique combination of big political data and expert insights.
Our work is built on two pillars:
1) we follow the dynamics in the EU institutions (majority building, winners and losers, cohesion of the groups) to identify the supporters, opponents and the kingmakers among the EU Parliamentarians on any given policy proposal or broader area;
2) we follow the socio-political trends across the continent (opinion polls, governments’ change) in order to forecast the changes in the balance of power in both the European Parliament and the Council, and hence the agenda and the margin of maneuver of the European Commission, on any given policy proposal. Continue Reading
The final countdown has started! With less than 2 months separating us from the most competitive EU elections in history, it is time to get involved to ensure the citizens have quality information presented in an appealing way.
If you have an active online presence, either through a blog or a website, partner with us and become one of the EU elections key sources of quality information! Continue Reading
YourVoteMatters.eu is a multilingual digital platform, designed as an innovative communication tool between the 2019 European elections’ candidates and their electorate.
The platform is now available in Bulgarian, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish & Swedish.
The platform is developed by a consortium of five European organizations, composed of: Riparte il Futuro (Italy), VoteWatch Europe (Belgium), European Citizen Action Service (Belgium), Vouliwatch (Greece) and Collegium Civitas (Poland) with the aim of enhancing the dialogue between all the actors involved in the next round of elections (politicians, political parties, citizens, organizations and stakeholders). Continue Reading
One of the last plenary session of the European Parliament before the European Elections has been filled with ground-breaking developments. EU Parliamentarians fought and voted over the key (and controversial) decision on the EU copyright rules. On Tuesday, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. Continue Reading
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
What is this index, how should the results be read?
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) make decisions for us. As it is the case in democracies, they have different views on how the EU’s society and economy should be managed. As the European elections approach, it is a good time to look at the different viewpoints of the MEPs. At VoteWatch Europe, the leading independent non-partisan organisation tracking the voting records in the European institutions, we are creating a variety of tools that help citizens at large and more specific segments of the public understand how their interests and priorities are defended by their representatives. Continue Reading
Guy VERHOFSTADT in plenary session Week 3 2017 in Strasbourg
In politics, strength is in numbers and in the European Parliament this is even more the case, especially after the upcoming European elections which will lead to a highly-fragmented House. So far, the European parliamentary groups have been impressively cohesive/disciplined, if we consider the big cultural and economic diversity of their members. Continue Reading
The EU has achieved a strong position in global trade acting together as a single voice (through the European Commission), rather than with 28 separate trade negotiations. Among other policy priorities, trade agreements have been one of the major achievements by Juncker’s Commission. However, different political forces assess the performance of the current Commission very differently from each other and, with the European elections around the corner, we wondered how the EU’s trade agenda might look with a very different texture of the future European Parliament. Continue Reading
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