Back to Parliament for our MEPs
It’s September so it’s back to Parliament for our MEPs and the European Movement International, as initiator of the On Our Watch project, has some homework for them!
We are just over halfway through the mid-point of this Parliament’s term and when they were elected, our MEPs pledged to act on various topics that improve citizens’ lives. But how much have they actually delivered on, and what still needs to be done?
The On Our Watch website can tell you just this. Civil Society Organisations have been doing some investigating, looking at policy developments and logging them online so that the results of this half-way point are accessible for anyone to see.
The European Movement International is keeping an eye on electoral reform and how to increase participation in the next European election. The past years have seen proposals for European electoral reform, but there hasn’t been much progress in the negotiations since the 2015 European Parliament report. And will there be new lead candidates for the 2019 elections? The Parliament has called for it, but it is by no means certain. Currently in the spotlight is the issue of the exit of the United Kingdom and what will happen with their 73 seats in the European Parliament – in short, there’s a lot to keep an eye on and advocate for!
The partners of On Our Watch want to push MEPs to deliver on their promises and we want to give you the tools and information to do so, too. So keep an eye on the website and #OnOurWatchEU on Twitter to stay in the loop.
As a next step, a hackathon will take place in Brussels on 29 September to 1 October, during which participants will dive into Parliament voting data and try to make sense of it through visualisation and apps. So if you’re a coder, hacker, journalist or activist, find out more and register here.
Finally, take a look at our short video introducing the project below!