Special highlights from EU decision making: EU Taxonomy & energy, NATO, Middle East, better regulation and teleworking

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This special briefing includes our latest observations regarding the politics behind EU policies on the following subjects:

NB: the Commission pays attention to the size of EP majorities not only when voting on legislation, but also when own-initiative reports are being passed in the preparatory stages, hence the Commission is likely to shape the actual upcoming legislative proposals in line with these political majorities to avoid complications. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: EU Foreign policy, mapping MEPs’ views and influence

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This report is part of the new VoteWatch series showing you how to build your strategy using our new analytical tool (which is explained in-depth here) and which allows you to quickly identify kingmakers and swing-voters among MEPs. This tool is already been used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

By combining (objective) data science with expert insight, we filter out the noise and show the actual positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU foreign policy agenda. Continue Reading

Executive webinar: EU Foreign policy, mapping MEPs’ views and influence

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Thursday 27 May at 10.00-10.30 (Zoom)

This free executive webinar is for senior EU affairs professionals and campaigners of public and private stakeholders who are involved in shaping EU policies aimed at strategic autonomy and relations with international partners.

We will show the actual position and level of influence of key MEPs and how majorities are being built. Continue Reading

Vaccine diplomacy: (new) global map of influence

During a pandemic, vaccines become the most valuable commodity, allowing the countries and entities that develop and produce them to gain significant political influence at the regional or global level. When looking at the “spheres of expansions” of the types of vaccines, it is notable that although most of the biggest pharmaceutical companies are based in either the United States or Europe, Western companies seem to have been caught off guard by some of their competitors, especially those from China and Russia. Continue Reading

EU – outsider of the AI Revolution led by US and China

by Adrian Bazavan (PhD candidate in artificial intelligence, based in Beijing)

The new “nuclear race” is the race to reach a critical A.I. level, also called the technological singularity, which is likely to secure world supremacy to the power who reaches it first.

During the 19th century, Europe opened a new era for humanity by leading the Industrial Revolution. Continue Reading

Interview: China’s long shadow over EU-Taiwan relations

by Hsiao-Chiang (Jeff) Hsu – Business Development Assistant at VoteWatch Europe

Despite the absence of formal diplomatic relationships with Taiwan, the EU has established solid relations with the first democratic country in East Asia over the past decades. Economic relations between the two partners are particularly close and dynamic: Taiwan is currently the EU’s fourth largest trading partner in Asia and the EU is Taiwan’s fourth largest export market. Continue Reading

Czech Elections 2017: MEPs Predict the Future Stance of Prague in International Relations

Confidence in the future of the EU is fragile. While there is renewed optimism due to the defeat of Eurosceptic parties in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria, the ongoing Brexit negotiations fuel the anti-establishment voices, including that of the frontrunner to become the next Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš.

 “Europe is a great project. But European politicians should seriously ask why the UK is leaving. Continue Reading

Czech Elections 2017: Exclusive Interview with Pavel Svoboda (KDU-ČSL – EPP)

Pavel Svoboda, the 2nd most influential Czech MEP is member of the Christian and Democratic Union– Czechoslovak People’s Party (EPP). Svoboda is the Chair of Committee on Legal Affairs. He drafted reports on several issues, such as the limitation periods for traffic accidents and a report on the verification of credentials. Read the full influence assessment and find out who shapes the power in the European Parliament.  Continue Reading

Czech Elections 2017: Exclusive Interview with Pavel Poc (ČSSD – S&D)

Pavel Poc, member of the Czech Social Democratic Party (S&D), is the fourth most influential Czech MEP in the VoteWatch influence assessment. Former biologist and policy expert on environmental issues in Czechia, Poc is is one of the Vice-Chairs of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. Because of his commitment to environmental protection, Poc chairs the “Climate change, sustainable development and biodiversity” intergroup. Continue Reading

Czech Elections 2017: Exclusive Interview with Kateřina Konečná (KSČM – GUE/NGL)

Kateřina Konečná, member of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (GUE/NGL), is a former Deputy of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. She is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.  She drafted a report on palm oil and deforestation of rainforests, as well as a recommendation on amending the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. Continue Reading