Special highlights from EU decision making: Biodiversity, Due diligence, EU-US relations, EU Taxonomy

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Lessons learned from this month’s key votes in the European Parliament (click on the links to check the breakdown of the votes):


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

Exclusive interview with MEP Voss: What to expect from European due diligence legislation

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 to German MEP Axel Voss from the EPP (shadow 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

Exclusive interview with MEP Chahim: the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism


With the Fit for 55 package, the European Union aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 55 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2030. An essential part of this strategy is the so-called Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), an extension of the existing Emissions Trading System (ETS). By applying the same rules and levies both to inner-European production and to foreign imports from countries that do not meet the EU’s “climate-friendly” production standards, the CBAM aims to level the playing field between domestic and external producers. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 9. Rule of Law


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 the rule of law and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 2.2. Fisheries


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 push towards more regulation on fisheries and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 2.1. Energy


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

VoteWatch Analytical Tool: uncover which MEPs can help you advance your agenda. Part 5.1. Labour policy


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). This tool 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 labour and highlight which MEPs are convinced (on either side), and which remain to be brought on board to secure majorities. Continue Reading

Analysis: who are the best bridge builders in the ENVI Committee?


MEPs tend to draft amendments in teams, in order to extend their sphere of influence and increase the chances of their amendments becoming part of the final report. Developing good relations with MEPs from other countries and political groups helps them substantially increase their leverage: for example, an amendment that is co-signed/supported by MEPs from different countries who are affiliated to EPP, S&D and Renew Europe stands much bigger chances of being adopted compared to an amendment drafted by MEPs belonging to the same national or political group. Continue Reading

German elections: outcome, possible coalitions and impact on EU policies


On September 26, Germany has voted the new composition of the German Bundestag, which will elect the chancellor that will succeed Angela Merkel after 16 years in office. With the first results coming out, attention is drawn to the potential coalitions among German parties to form the government that will run the country during the next four years.

The SPD have won the elections for the first time since 2005 with a razor-thin margin over the CDU/CSU. Continue Reading

Special highlights from EU decision making: Qualified Majority Voting, Animal testing, EU semester, EU-Russia relations, Pakistan, UAE

EP Plenary session – State of the European Union debate
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Lessons learned from this month’s key votes in the European Parliament (click on the links to check the breakdown of the votes):

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