Executive webinar: ‘fit for 55’, mapping MEPs’ views and influence


17th of June at 10:00-10:30 (Zoom)

The delay by the European Commission to present its ‘fit for 55’ package may also be due to hesitations in assessing the level of political support for some of the key provisions of this package. For this reason, VoteWatch Europe is taking a closer look at the positioning of MEPs to help forecast what we can expect to come out of this legislation. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: Uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 2: Climate Policy


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

Climate: How do MEPs vote?


VoteWatch Europe is proud to announce its new special report on MEP voting behaviour, in collaboration with the Jacques Delors Institute (Paris) and Europe Jacques Delors (Brussels). This report provides an overview of the political dynamics within the European Parliament on key topics concerning EU climate legislation (emissions reduction targets, deforestation, Emissions Trading System, the Just Transition Fund, the Carbon Border Adjustment Scheme, etc. Continue Reading

Executive webinar: European Green Deal, mapping MEPs’ views and influence


Wednesday 21 April 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 legislation on the European Green Deal.

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

Influence Index 2020: Most influential MEPs by policy area

In the last few weeks, we have published the first part of our Influence Index 2020: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels.

More precisely, we ranked the influence of individual MEPs on different policy areas. The topics covered refer to the political priorities of von der Leyen’s geopolitical Commission, including highly salient topics such as the EU Green Deal, the EU’s digital transition and the EU economic recovery. Continue Reading

Latest Council data: EU clustering at new high post-Brexit

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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

How COVID-19 reshapes the EU budget battleground

As Chancellor Merkel and others put it, this is the most challenging moment for Europe (and probably the rest of the world) since WWII. As during WWII and its aftermath, this will also be a time when the patterns of international influence will be redefined by those that will cope the best with the challenges ahead of us, ie. the health crisis and its economic consequences.

Severe disruptions in the commercial routes in general and those of medical equipment and agri-food in particular, combined with the repatriation of expat workers already reveal both the strengths and the vulnerabilities of the social and economic basis of each of the Member States (as well as any country worldwide). Continue Reading

How ‘COVID-19’ changes the balance of power: Winners and losers of emergency politics

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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

EU Climate agenda: key MEP to watch

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This report is the second instance of our new series on individual MEPs: Getting to know the decision-makers. We launched this series last week when we looked at the track record of the rapporteur on the Just Transition Fund. In these reports, we look beyond mere statements and learn the actual directions in which the politicians work to influence EU legislation. Continue Reading

Just Transition Fund: key MEP to watch

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This report is the first instance of our new series on individual MEPs: Getting to know the decision-makers. In these reports we look beyond mere statements and learn the actual directions in which the politicians work to influence EU decisions. Over the past 11 years since we launched VoteWatch Europe, we have witnessed many situations in which stakeholders and citizens know very little or are even led into thinking the opposite of who influences and how the EU decision-making. Continue Reading