The European Parliament at 40: A More Mature Institution? Evolution of the EP committees’ size

AFET meeting © European Union (2015) – European Parliament

By Piotr Maciej Kaczyński*

For many years, the size of parliamentary committees has reflected the political choices of the Parliament. The bigger the committee – the more relevant the committee, this is the common understanding. The size of the committees stems from two sources. First is their popularity with elected Members (MEPs). 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

INTERVIEW – Vălean: ‘EU should take the lead in the fight against climate change’

Half a year into the job of presiding over one of the most influential committees of the European Parliament, the one that legislates environmental (and energy) policy, MEP Adina Vălean feels that the EU can do more to lead the world into becoming truly environmentally-friendly. However, in this exclusive interview to VoteWatch, Vălean also explains how a two-speed Europe could weaken EU’s environmental ambitions and leverage on the global stage.  Continue Reading