New feature on VoteWatch.eu: key info on how individual MEPs influence EU policy

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As the lockdown takes its toll on the resources that the EU affairs professionals have available, we are working to help them increase efficiency. 

We are now making available (in an even easier format) information that helps you figure out how to find allies among the politicians: we published examples of key (and sometimes counter-intuitive) cases showing the actual positions of MEPs. Continue Reading

Webinar: European Policy-Making Process in Practice


 

Looking to get better acquainted with the EU machinery? Join us for a one-day training session on the EU decision-making process! The training will be interactive and structured in four different thematic sections with breaks in between (including one hour break for lunch). 


Why participate?

•The training is client-tailored, based on the policy preferences of the participants;

•We will look together into how, when and by whom binding decisions are made;

•We will cover all the latest institutional developments, such as the distribution of the new portfolios in the European Commission, the internal organization of the new European Parliament, and the ever-changing Presidencies of the Council of the European Union;

•The training will go beyond the formal dynamics within the institutions, addressing the practicalities of internal processes in each of the institutions and the inter-institutional negotiations known as trilogues;

•In order to fully grasp the nature of EU decision-making, we will discuss the EU competences. Continue Reading

Spanish parties in EU decision-making: key positions and coalitions

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This report is part of a series analyzing the voting behavior of Italian and Spanish parties while taking part in EU decision-making.

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During the past few years, Spanish and Italian politics have been in the global media limelight as their established political parties struggled to maintain legislative majorities with newer parties chipping away at their electorates.

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Italian parties in EU decision-making: key positions and coalitions

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This report is part of a series analyzing the voting behavior of Italian and Spanish parties while taking part in EU decision-making.

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During the past few years, Spanish and Italian politics have been in the global media limelight as their established political parties struggled to maintain legislative majorities with newer parties chipping away at their electorates. Continue Reading

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

Top 100 most influential EU Parliamentarians

This report shows which EU Parliamentarians have been the most influential towards the end of the parliamentary term. The study also reveals which national groups have been punching above/below their weight when it comes to influencing European policies through the EP.  The assessment is based on the collection of all available information concerning the various actions of each MEP while exerting their mandate. Continue Reading

Winners and losers of Copyright war in the EU Parliament

One of the last plenary session of the European Parliament before the European Elections has been filled with ground-breaking developments. EU Parliamentarians fought and voted over the key (and controversial) decision on the EU copyright rules. On Tuesday, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. Continue Reading

Which MEPs changed their votes the most in the current EP term?

The European Parliament has a rather unusual mechanism that is known by very few insiders, which allows the MEPs to effectively change the way they voted after a decision has been made. This means that when a decision is made an MEP can vote one way, but then they can change their vote in the minutes (the ‘initial vote’ is still traceable in the minutes). Not surprisingly, this creates confusion as to the actual intention and views of the MEP. Continue Reading

Policy forecasts – EU Digital Intellectual Property Rights after 2019

At the beginning of September, we kicked-off our newest series of forecasts on the likely post-electoral policy shifts. After our previous reports on the future direction of EU data protection and trade policies, we are now focusing on the future development of EU policies on Intellectual Property Rights in the digital single market.

This topic is particularly hot due to the recent votes on the introduction of stricter rules on the protection of copyright online. Continue Reading

EP elections forecasts: EU trade policies from 2019

At the beginning of September, we launched our newest series of forecasts on the likely post-electoral policy shifts. After our previous report on the future direction of EU data protection policieswe are now focusing on the political outlook for EU trade policy. 

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