Roll-call Votes in the European Parliament

  • Ondřej Mocek
  • Markéta Pitrová
Keywords: European Parliament, roll-call votes, rule of procedure, MEP

Abstract

The text analyses the conditions for the use of the roll-call votes (RCV) in the European Parliament in the context of the democratic accountability to the voters. The research is focused on examining the rules of procedure of this institution from its beginning to the present. The goal of the text is to analyse the formal setting of the rules of RCV. The procedures concerning RCV have been completely in the hands of deputies. The historical analysis therefore endeavours to reveal whether the deputies decided to act in a way that would grant the greatest possible level of transparency and thus control to their voters, or whether the step taken in 2009 is only a historical exception. In the conclusion, the authors come to the result that the MEPs did not strengthen the relations between the voters and the MEPs significantly, although in 2009 and 2014, certain changes were made in this respect.

Author Biographies

Ondřej Mocek

Born 1987, he is a PhD candidate in the field of European Studies at the Department of International Relations and European Studies of the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Since 2013, he has worked as a researcher at the International Institute of Political Science at Masaryk University. In his research he deals with EU institutions, especially the European Parliament, its functioning as a whole, the behavior of individual MEPs of this institution, the connections of the Czech MEPs with domestic political parties, and elections to this body.

Markéta Pitrová

Born in 1973, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies of the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University and an expert on European integration. She specializes in the political development of the EU, and its institutional issues and constitutional development. She is the author, co-author and/or editor of a series of monographs, studies and articles, a research grant beneficiary, a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University and a member of the editorial board of the magazine International Relations (Mezinárodní politika). Since 2012, she holds the title of Jean Monnet Chair.