VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 1.1: Due Diligence

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 being used by key stakeholders active in EU policy-making.

We show the positions of each MEP on key parts of the EU push towards more regulation on due diligence and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading

EU Parliamentarians ask concrete proposals for green growth opportunities for SMEs

EU Parliamentarians adopted by a large majority the non-legislative report on green growth and business opportunities for SMEs. This own-initiative report is EP’s response to the Commission’s Green Action Plan for SMEs, an initiative aimed at helping SMEs to take advantage of opportunities offered by the green economy.

The report was adopted by 519 votes in favour, 93 against and 60 abstentions. Notably, the Greens/EFA group was not satisfied with the final outcome of the resolution and voted against. Continue Reading

EU political families fail to reach consensus on what the Commission should do in 2015

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As this vote has just shown, the European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, will have a hard time building majorities in the European Parliament: the EU legislative was unable to reach a common position with regard to the plans put forward by the Executive for 2015.

In a dramatic display of power play, the political groups voted down each other’s proposals one by one. Continue Reading