VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 6.1.2. Data protection


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.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU push towards more regulation on data protection and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading

Executive webinar: mapping MEPs’ views and influence on data protection


Tuesday 27th July at 10:00-10:30 (Zoom)

Join this free executive webinar for senior EU affairs professionals and find out more about the actual position and level of influence of key MEPs on data protection and how majorities are built within the European Parliament.

You will quickly be able to assess the size of your potential coalition and how to optimise your communication efforts. Continue Reading

Executive webinar: Digital legislation, mapping MEPs’ views and influence


Tuesday 13th of April, 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 the DSA, DMA and related legislation.

We will show what the actual position and level of influence of key MEPs are and which MEPs you need on board in order to build majorities.

You will quickly be able to assess the size of your potential coalition, who your allies are and on whom it makes the most sense to focus in order to optimise your resources and effectiveness. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: EU-Serbia relations, Data protection & Ambient air quality

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

– EU-Serbia relations

– Data Protection

– Ambient air quality (for premium subscribers only)


EU-Serbia relations

The accession of Serbia to the EU is having a hard time, as demonstrated by a wave of criticism injected in its yearly progress report. Continue Reading

EP elections forecast: EU data protection policies from 2019

With 9 months to go until the first EU elections without the UK, VoteWatch Europe is starting its series of forecasts on the likely post-electoral policy shifts. We are starting with a look at data protection, while many other areas will soon follow.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of our forecast series, or simply in more detailed results, contact us at [email protected]   Continue Reading

Winners and losers of EU politics – July 2018 (Copyright, Mobility Package, electoral reform and much more!)

The last plenary session of the European Parliament before the summer pause was filled with groundbreaking developments. EU Parliamentarians fought over key (and controversial) decisions on the EU copyright rules, data protection, the mobility package, the EU electoral law, the definition of climate refugees, the EU’s stance on the controversy between Turkey and Armenia, and many other hot topics on the EU agenda. Continue Reading

Cybersecurity showdown at the European Parliament: where do MEPs stand on encryption?

The rising importance of online transactions is a challenge for policymakers, as regulators find it difficult to catch up with accelerating technological changes in the digital sphere. Making the internet safe for consumers is one of the key aspects in the implementation of the Digital Single Market (for more information on the most influential EU Parliamentarians on digital policy, check out our previous report). Continue Reading

EU Parliamentarians adopt the long awaited EU-PNR Directive

The Members of the European Parliament adopted yesterday the long awaited Directive on the regulation of the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.

With this new law, airlines will have to hand national authorities the passengers’ data for all flights from third countries to the EU and vice versa. Continue Reading

European centre-left blocks the adoption of EU-PNR Directive

At the beginning of the March plenary session of the European Parliament, the ECR Group (of David Cameron) made the request to place on the plenary agenda the report on the use of passenger name record data (EU-PNR). The demand was rejected by 163 votes in favour to 207 against. The opposing camp included the centre-left MEPs of the Socialist group S&D, the Liberals of the ALDE group, the radical left MEPs and the Greens. Continue Reading