VoteWatch Europe reached out to several MEPs to find out more about their opinion regarding different European initiatives. This series of interviews will provide more qualitative insights about the positioning of MEPs on policy areas such as environment, trade, employment, foreign and security policy, etc. It should be seen as a complement to our qualitative tools, including our advanced mappings of MEPs, which you can find here. Continue Reading
This year 2022 is expected to conclude the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), an exercise of deliberative democracy bringing together citizens and representatives of the EU institutions. After months of debates and consultations, questions remain regarding what the final outcome will be when the Conference ends in spring. Continue Reading
The Northern Ireland Protocol has become a significant sticking point in EU-UK relations post-Brexit, being pulled back into the spotlight after calls by the UK for the Protocol to be renegotiated and threats of triggering Article 16 to suspend it entirely. Continue Reading
The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) is expected to come to an end by spring 2022. Half-way through this deliberative democracy exercise, there are still questions and uncertainty regarding what the final outcome will be.
VoteWatch Europe has carried out several interviews as part of a series of materials about the Conference, covering the insights of Green/EFA MEPs Eleonora Evi, from Italy, (here) and Damian Boeselager, from Germany, (here). Continue Reading
The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), an exercise of deliberative democracy bringing together citizens and representatives of the EU institutions, is expected to come to an end by spring 2022. After one year of debates and consultations, questions remain regarding what the final outcome will be. Continue Reading
In spring 2021, the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) was launched, sparking a series of debates and consultations across the continent with the goal of collecting ideas from citizens and stakeholders to shape the future of the EU.
The European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed on a joint presidency, and each appointed representatives for a common Executive Board. Continue Reading
In light of the recent revival of negotiations between the European Union and India regarding closer trade relations, cooperation on climate has proven to be a solid ground for new developments. With The EU being India’s third largest trade partner, there is notably an opportunity to promote more sustainable trade practices between both parties. Continue Reading
The turmoil surrounding the withdrawal from Afghanistan has re-ignited debate on the future of European defence and the prospect of an “EU Army”. Vice-President Borrell’s suggestion of a rapid reaction force for such situations is the latest proposal for closer EU coordination in defence. Continue Reading
The Pandora Papers and money laundering cases across the continent have called for increased attention from European institutions. VoteWatch contacted MEP Ramona Strugariu, who is very active on these issues and making efforts to strengthen the EU’s position on the matter. Identified as one of the top bridge builders in the European Parliament by VoteWatch, she also supports the Anti-SLAPP initiative for media freedom. Continue Reading
In March 2021, the European Parliament called on the Commission to put forward a European Due Diligence framework, which will notably require companies to deal with human rights and environmental issues in their supply chains.
VoteWatch reached out Dutch MEP Lara Wolters from the S&D (rapporteur for the Corporate Due Diligence and corporate accountability legislative initiative report) to find out more about the upcoming framework and what impacts it will have. Continue Reading