VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 2.1. Energy


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 being 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 energy and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading

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

Executive webinar: mapping MEPs’ views and influence on the new ‘fit for 55’ legislative package


20th of July at 10:00-10:30 (Zoom).

After being delayed by the European Commission, the ‘fit for 55’ package has finally been unveiled. VoteWatch will be taking a close look at the legislation, assessing the positioning of MEPs concerning the content of the key proposals.

We will show what the current political majorities are, how the views of MEPs are being altered over time and how they differ from one component to the other (including GHG targets, CBAM or hydrogen amongst others). Continue Reading

Who are the most influential MEPs on energy policy?

The European Commission has just launched its new legislative (Winter) package that will substantially reform the energy market of the European Union. However, in order for these ideas to be transposed into actual EU law, they must first pass through the democratic filter of the European Parliament and the Council. This analysis looks into who are the Members of the European Parliament that are currently exerting the greatest influence on energy-related issues and who are likely to be the spearheads in shaping the newly released dossiers. Continue Reading

Eurosceptics vote down EU’s energy security strategy, in the absence of consensus among pro-EU forces

The EU Parliament’s report on the EU Energy Security Strategy did not manage to muster a majority. The document was supposed to draft the Parliament’s response to the strategy that the Commission published[1]  in May 2014.

The resolution was rejected by 277 votes in favour, 315 against and 111 abstentions. In an unprecedented turn of events, the forces opposing greater EU integration obtained their first significant victory since being reinforced in the 2014 EU elections. This was possible due to fierce disagreements between the pro social and pro free market EU supporters. Continue Reading