Special highlights from EU decision making: EU-UK trade, Covid-19 vaccines, Green Deal and Social Pillar


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

– Digitalisation of the EP

– EU-UK trade relations

– Patents of COVID-19 vaccines

– Green deal policies on soil degradation and maritime emissions (for premium subscribers only)

– EU Social Pillar: harmonisation of policies on children (for premium subscribers only)

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: EU Health policy, mapping MEPs’ views and influence


Thursday 3 June at 10.00-10.45 (Zoom)

This free executive webinar is for senior EU affairs professionals and campaigners of public and private stakeholders who are involved in shaping EU policies on health.

We will show the actual position and level of influence of key MEPs and how majorities are being built.

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

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: Uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 7.1: Health Policy (public vs. private)


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

Vaccine diplomacy: (new) global map of influence

During a pandemic, vaccines become the most valuable commodity, allowing the countries and entities that develop and produce them to gain significant political influence at the regional or global level. When looking at the “spheres of expansions” of the types of vaccines, it is notable that although most of the biggest pharmaceutical companies are based in either the United States or Europe, Western companies seem to have been caught off guard by some of their competitors, especially those from China and Russia. 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

Influence Index 2020: Top influential MEPs on EU’s health policy

This analysis is part of the Influence Index: a new data-driven ranking of MEPs by VoteWatch Europe and BCW Brussels. It is the first MEP ranking to measure influence through two crucial dimensions, namely: 

– Political influence: the ability to change legislation, win votes, and shape debates;   

– Social influence: the ability to reach people, shift the public conversation, and build a community of support. Continue Reading

European doctors call on the EU citizens to rally behind the European project

VoteWatch has received this call for action from the European Doctors, which we believe it is worth passing on to our readers.

(if you also have a message for our EU citizens and decision-makers that follow our website, feel free to contact us at [email protected]).

 

CPME statement on cooperation in the European Union

The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) represents National Medical Associations across Europe. Continue Reading