The latest Franco-German proposal to substantially increase the amount of money that will be managed by the EU brought a (much needed) boost of enthusiasm. However, the details of the new process of collecting and allocating the funds, as well as the EU’s broader crisis-management and economic recovery strategy, are what will eventually make things easier or harder for Europeans. Continue Reading
The latest developments show that, despite the severe disruptions, the EU policy-making machinery is looking for new ways to cope with the emergency. However, stark divergences on how to deal with the economic fallout of the crisis were already laid bare over a tense Council summit last week. Continue Reading
This is another sign that things are moving. Decision-making in the Council has traditionally been seen as a process converging towards consensus, so that the final outcome satisfies everyone. However, Brexit and the discussions on the future of Europe do reveal that some differences between Member States are more difficult to reconcile than others.
The vote on how to address fraud against the EU budget has become a key sticking point, with some governments being less willing than others to support EU’s defence of its own financial interests. Continue Reading
by Łukasz Król and Doru Frantescu
Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party (ECR), recently announced that he might not support Tusk for a second term as the President of the European Council (Tusk’s term ends in June 2017). Is this just a tactical move or will he really go all the way and withdraw support for his political rival?
Law and Justice has long called for deep reforms within the EU, which include a stronger Council, weaker Commission, and more power to individual member states. Continue Reading
by Andrei Goldis and Doru Frantescu
Once Britain will lose its representatives in the European Union institutions, the British stakeholders, both public and private, will have to find new channels of influencing European policy, as the decisions made in Brussels will continue to impact substantially on the British interests. This analysis maps the most likely coalition partners that the UK-based interest groups can work with. Continue Reading
A massive political earthquake shook the world this morning, as the majority of UK’s citizens voted in favour of leaving the EU. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the future relations between the UK and the European Union, as well as the possibility of a domino effect in other EU countries and future internal cohesion of the country (considering the tension in Northern Ireland and Scotland). Continue Reading
We are proudly announcing that VoteWatch Europe has been recently included in the applications tab of the EU Open Data Portal. As the raw data regarding the EU are often difficult to read, the EU Open Data Portal features a series of applications which make big data more user-friendly and easy to read.
As the description on the portal points out, “our website: covers all voting activity in the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers since July 2009, including parliamentary questions, speeches and reports by MEPs from all 28 EU countries. Continue Reading
The global broadcasting company CNN recently listed 5 reasons the EU would miss the UK. Our Director, Doru Peter Frantescu, was invited to share his knowledge about the impact of a Brexit on certain EU policies.
There will be less support for free market and free trade policies in an EU without the UK, Frantescu pointed out during the interview: “With the British representatives out of these bodies, there will be a momentum for those who propose more red tape, more taxation, to promote their agenda on these policies”. Continue Reading
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
The legislation on the new rules allowing flexibility for EU Member States to ban Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been very controversial due to disagreements between pro- and anti-GMO Member States. It took 4 years for the Council to reach an agreement on the text.
The aim of the proposal is to provide legal basis in the EU legal framework for Member states to restrict or prohibit GMO cultivation on their territory, even if these would have been authorised beforehand at EU level. Continue Reading