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Bicameral politics at the EU level: How the votes of MEPs compare with those of Member States (25.01.2013 - Residence Palace, Polak Room, 155 Rue de la Loi, 1000, Brussels)


Bicameral politics at the EU level:
How the votes of MEPs compare with those of Member States
VoteWatch Europe special report

presented by report co-author Simon Hix,
Chairman, VoteWatch Europe
Professor of European and Comparative Politics, LSE
  Friday 25 January 2013
Polak Room, Résidence Palace,
155 Rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels
Coffee and registration from 10.30 onwards
Launch event starts at 11.00 sharp and ends at 12.00.
What is the balance of power in the Council and in the EP?
What were the major disagreements between the Council and the EP?
Which MEPs disagreed most with ‘their’ national governments?

On Friday 25 January 2013 from 11:00-12:00 VoteWatch Europe will present a special report on Bicameral politics at the EU level: the votes of MEPs compared with those of Member States. The report explores in which policy areas there is most disagreement between the Council and the Parliament. We ask to what extent the votes of MEPs match those of 'their' national governments in the Council. We look at which European political parties can make or break a deal in Council or Parliament and we reveal which governing party MEPs disagree most with their respective national governments.
VoteWatch Europe is an independent organisation set up to promote better debates and greater transparency in EU decision-making, by providing easy access to, and analysis of, the votes and other activities of the European Parliament (Parliament) and the EU Council of Ministers (Council). VoteWatch uses the EU Institutions' own attendance, voting and activity data - available through their websites - to give a full overview of MEP and Member State activities. Information on the Parliament is updated daily following each voting session. Council votes are updated as and when voting data is made available by the Council secretariat. Follow us on Twitter if you are interested in receiving immediate updates: @VoteWatchEurope


Presentation of the VoteWatch Europe special report by Prof. Simon Hix, report co-author
Panel discussion and audience Q&A chaired by Michiel van Hulten, VoteWatch Europe Managing Director, with Simon Hix and:
·      Sir Julian Priestley, former Secretary General of the European Parliament and VoteWatch Europe Board member
·      Council / Member State representative (tbc)
·      Doru Frantescu, VoteWatch Europe Policy Director and report co-author

Participation is free of charge. A copy of the VoteWatch Europe special report will be available at the event (it will not be available before then).
To register, please send an email to [email protected] by Tuesday 22 January, 12.00.
Note for the media: There will be a limited opportunity for journalists only to speak with the authors immediately following the event. If you wish to make use of this possibility please mention this in your registration email.