VoteWatch Europe supports ESOMAR’s open-letter calling for more evidence-based policy making

VoteWatch Europe, together with other 7 associations, supports the call by ESOMAR for the establishment of a fully cross-party expert group composed of academics, experts from research and civil society organisations, and representatives of the EU institutions, to look at the causes of the outcome of the Brexit referendum. ESOMAR is a world organization promoting the value of market and opinion research in effective decision-making. Continue Reading

Last European Council summit of 2015: what’s on the agenda, who will take part and what is their power?

A very important European Council meeting will take place at the end of the week. This is the first EU Council after the tragic Paris terrorist attacks of 13 November and Member States representatives will discuss, among others, the counter-terrorism strategy, combating the financing of terrorism, preventing the radicalisation and information exchange.

Similarly, the EU leaders will discuss the refugee crisis, including migrants’ relocation, hotspots and security of the EU’s external borders. Continue Reading

Top 5 likely effects of Brexit on EU’s policies

With the perspective of the Brexit referendum looming ahead, many analyses that show the impact of this move on the economy in both the UK and the rest of the EU are published. Our analysis takes a different angle, looking at how the direction of the EU policies is likely to change in the absence of the UK representatives from the EU decision-making bodies.

In short, if UK leaves the EU, this will change substantially the dynamics in the EU institutions. Continue Reading

Cameron: reforming EU in line with UK’s objectives is not “mission impossible”

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, send a letter to the President of the EU Council, Donald Tusk, in which he expressed his determination to change the way the EU-UK relations look like, saying that this is not “mission impossible”.

His letter addresses three concrete priorities and a more general desire to take out the UK from the commitment to create “an ever closer Union”. Continue Reading