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15 votes that shaped the 7th European Parliament (2009-2014) - VoteWatch Europe-Notre Europe joint research project


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VoteWatch Europe and Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute have joined forces together with think tanks and research institutes from 20 EU member states for an analysis of "15 key votes in the European Parliament that shaped European and national politics 2009-2014" in order to raise awareness of the issues at stake in the elections and to make democratic politics more visible. The publications and events (from March to May 2014) in the framework of this project address the following questions: What types of cleavages exist in the European Parliament? How do the political groups behave? How do national politics and the European Parliament connect? When does nationality win over ideology?

A syntesis of the project can be found here.

Additionally, each national partner analysed some of these issues voted by the European Parliament in 2009-2014. See a list of issues and national partners here.

Find here the national reports by national think-tanks and research institutes:

AustriaThe Vote of the Austrian Delegation in the European Parliament and Why it Matters Little (for an Electoral Connection), by Emmanuel Sigalas (Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies).

BelgiumThe Voting Behaviour of Belgian MEPs during 16 Key Votes: What lessons from the 2009-2014 legislature?, by Clémentine d’Oultremont, Laurent Santin, Xavier Vanden Bosch & Stijn Verhelst (Egmont - Royal Institute for International Relations).

DenmarkVoting behaviour in the European Parliament 2009-2014: Implications for EU and national politics, by Christine Nissen (DIIS - Danish Institute for International Relations).

FinlandLinking Domestic and European Politics: Finnish MEPs and the Votes that Shaped the 7th European Parliament, by Tuomas Iso-Markku (Finnish Institute of International Affairs).

FranceDes visages sur des clivages : les élections européennes de mai 2014 (Faces on divides: the May 2014 European elections - English executive summary), by Yves Bertoncini (Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute) and Thierry Chopin (Robert Schuman Foundation).

GermanyStrengthened, sidelined, and caught in compromise The 7th European Parliament from a German perspective, by Daniela Kietz / Nicolai von Ondarza (eds.) (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/German Institute for International and Security Affairs).

Greece15 Ψηφοφορίες του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου που διαμόρφωσαν την ευρωπαϊκή και εθνική πολιτική στο διάστημα 2009-2014 (15 European Parliament votes that shaped European and national politics 2009-2014 - English executive summary), by DIKTIO - Network for Reform in Greece and Europe.

ItalyQuanto conta il Parlamento europeo per l'Italia? Un'analisi del dibattito parlamentare e pubblico tra il 2009 e il 2014 (How important is the European Parliament for Italy? An analysis of parliamentary debate and public between 2009 and 2014), by Eleonora Poli and Lorenzo Vai, edited by Nicoletta Pirozzi (Istituto Affari Internazionali).

LatviaEiropas Parlamenta balsojumi, kas ir mainījuši Eiropas Savienību: 2009-2014 (European Parliament votes that have changed the European Union: 2009-2014) by Sabiedriskās politikas centrs PROVIDUS/Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS.

LuxembourgDas Abstimmungsverhalten der Luxemburger EU-Parlamentarier in der Legislaturperiode von 2009 bis 2014 im nationalen und europäischen Kontext (The voting behavior of Luxembourgish MEPs in the 2009-2014 term in the national and European context), by Guido LessingCentre d'études et de recherches européennes Robert Schuman (CERE).

NetherlandsVoting Behaviour in the Dutch House of Representatives and the European Parliament: Misleading Parallelism, by Judith Hoevenaars, Lotte van Mourik, Adriaan Schout & Jan Marinus Wiersma (Clingendael | Netherlands institute of International Relations).

Poland:  17 kluczowych głosowań w Parlamencie Europejskim 2009-2014: Wnioski z analizy głosowania polskich posłów (17 key votes in the European Parliament 2009-2014: Consequences of the analysis of Polish MEPs' voting records), by Melchior Szczepanik & Agnieszka Łada (Instytut Spraw Publicznych/Institute of Public Affairs).

United KingdomBritish Political Parties in Europe: Reliable, Ambiguous, Reluctant and Dismissive, by Renaud Thillaye (Policy Network).

15 votes that shaped the 7th European Parliament (2009-2014): What happened and what will happen in the European Parliament?

VoteWatch Europe and Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute have joined forces together with think tanks and research institutes from 20 EU member states for an analysis of "15 key votes in the European Parliament that shaped European and national politics 2009-2014" in order to raise awareness of the issues at stake in the elections and to make democratic politics more visible.

At the launch event on 19 March 2014 in Brussels, many of the researchers involved in the project presented and discussed their findings in two panel discussions.

You can find here the presentation by Doru Frantescu, VoteWatch Europe policy director and co-founder, on voting trends in the 2009-14 EP, and possible scenarios following the latest PollWatch2014 forecast.

Who votes “yes” and “no” the most in the European Parliament? VoteWatch Europe special policy brief

On 11 December 2013 VoteWatch Europe published the special policy brief "Who votes “yes” and “no” the most in the European Parliament?".

This policy brief presents a quantitative analysis of the voting trends in the European Parliament (EP). In response to public interest following press reports about a Romanian MEP with a 100% 'in favour' voting record, the VoteWatch team looked at the votes cast by all MEPs during the current EP term of the EP, from July 2009 to October 2013.

The full policy brief can be downloaded here.

The values for all the MEPs can be downloaded here.


For more information please contact Doru Frantescu, VoteWatch Europe policy director:  doru@votewatcheurope.eu, tel. +32 2 318 11 88.

20 years of co-decision: A more (party) political Parliament; a less consensual Council - VoteWatch Europe special policy brief

On 5 December 2013 VoteWatch Europe presented a special policy brief to mark the 20th anniversary of the co-decision procedure (now known officially as the ordinary legislative procedure). The procedure, which put the European Parliament on a legislative par with the Council of Ministers in a limited number of policy areas, was introduced in the Maastricht Treaty, which entered into effect on 1 November 1993.

Key findings include:

• The roll-call vote participation rate for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) has gone up, as has the internal cohesion rate of the EP’s political groups;
• In the Parliament, more legislation is being adopted at first reading, and by larger majorities;
• In the Council, legislative activity has decreased and decision-making has become less consensual.

The full policy brief, which includes detailed findings and graphs, can be downloaded here.

VoteWatch presentation at Counterpoint/OSEPI/CES event

On Monday 4 November 2013, VoteWatch Europe gave a presentation at the event "Populism at the European Parliament elections: how should the centre-right respond?", organised by Counterpoint, the Open Society European Policy Institute and the Centre for European Studies.

You can find our presentation here.