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Centre-right losing ground in EU parliament


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”?


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

Los liberales se consolidan como el grupo clave en el nuevo Parlamento Europeo

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El grupo de los Liberales y Demócratas (ALDE), la tercera fuerza del Parlamento Europeo (PE), se ha consolidado en lo que va de legislatura como la formación clave en las decisiones de la Eurocámara, según un estudio elaborado por hecho público en Bruselas.

Un análisis de las 792 votaciones nominales efectuadas desde las pasadas elecciones europeas muestra que la postura de los liberales es la que decide en un mayor número de casos la opción ganadora, en función de si se alinean con el Partido Popular Europeo (PPE) o con los socialdemócratas, las dos fuerzas principales. Continue Reading

Voting in the 2009-2014 European Parliament: the first year

This 2010 report investigates the activities of the 2009-2014 European Parliament: the first year of the seventh-elected European Parliament. The report analyses the voting behaviour of the MEPs and political groups in all 792 recorded roll-call votes that took place between the first plenary session of the new parliament in July 2009 and the last plenary session in June 2010. Continue Reading

Summary of the 14-17 June 2010 EP plenary session

Lorry drivers: Parliament rejected the Commission proposal that self-employed drivers continue to be exempted from the 2002 Working Time Directive on the road transport industry. The legislative resolution against the Commission proposal was supported by the left groups S&D+Greens/ALE+GUE/NGL who succeeded in securing the majority as the EPP group was very split on this vote, with about 40% of its members voting with the left (mostly from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal). The rest of EPP members, the ALDE, ECR and EFD groups supported the Commission proposal (see here distribution of votes and text). Continue Reading

Summary of the 17-20 May 2010 EP plenary session

Commission to be empowered to supervise the quality of Member States’ debt and to control their reporting obligation: a disputed resolution on the Long-term sustainability of public finances for a recovering economy was narrowly passed with the votes of a center-right majority (EPP+ALDE). The initial text of the report was drafted by an S&D MEP, but the EPP+ALDE coalition showed its force amending it line by line. The amendments were so extensive that at the final vote the S&D itself (along with the rest of the left – Greens/ALE+GUE/NGL) voted against the resolution, while the ECR group abstained. The left justified its vote arguing that Member States should be allowed to make their own decisions on their national debt during times of crisis, in order to cope with social problems, while the center-right argued that the crisis could be overcome faster if the Commission assumes an active role in pursuing budgetary discipline across the Union (see here distribution of votes and text). Continue Reading

Summary of the 5-6 May 2010 EP mini-plenary

Cyanide-free mining in the EU: the Parliament has asked the Commission to issue legislation to forbid the usage of cyanide-based technologies in mining throughout the EU. The resolution was adopted by a large majority, with some opposition being voiced by EPP members from Romania and Sweden. Also, most MEPs from the liberals and democrats (ALDE) group chose to abstain when voting. (See here for distribution of votes and text). Continue Reading

Finding its voting feet


The European Parliament is a funny old place. Armed with ever increasing legislative powers, as MEPs giddy with the as-yet unexplored possibilities of the Lisbon Treaty tell us with admirable regularity, it is nevertheless a legislature without a single demos, elected on a low average voter turnout and where a stifling sense of consensus reigns. Continue Reading

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