Democracy

Half of all MEPs do not disclose any meeting with lobbies 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Carmen Torrecillas
Maria G. Zornoza
| Civio

Regulation of the European Parliament is highly voluntary. Compared to 90 percent of Swedish, Danish or Finnish MEPs who disclose meetings with interest groups, only one out of ten Greek, Polish and Bulgarian MEPs do so.


Publishers’ reliance on Google and Facebook is a problem for media independence 

Thursday 17 June 2021 | Andreas Vou
| OBC Transeuropa

Big tech companies bring in plenty of traffic for media outlets but take a disproportionate chunk of the earnings. And even when agreements are signed, it’s Big Tech that sets the rules


infringement marked on rubber stamp

EU infringement procedures: July 2020 update 

Wednesday 22 July 2020 | Daniele De Bernardin
| Openpolis

InfringEye, EDJNet’s tool for exploring current litigations between the European Commission and EU member states, has been updated to include the latest data. We offer an overview of the last ten months, and the ability to download datasets for each member state. 


Everything you ever wanted to know about EU infringement procedures

Thursday 24 October 2019 | Daniele De Bernardin
| Openpolis

InfringEye is a data-driven tool developed by EDJNet, making it easier for journalists and citizens to understand the EU's infringement mechanisms, and to monitor past and ongoing procedures. Here are some of the main findings.


The impact of EU funds on Covid-19 crisis management 

Friday 19 February 2021 | Openpolis

Before the implementation of additional allocations such as the recovery fund, one of the first instruments put in place by the EU was the possibility for states to redirect their own European funds to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. Let's see how this process played out, in Italy and in other countries.


Italy faces even fewer infringement procedures 

Tuesday 20 April 2021 | Openpolis

Since the beginning of the year, five infringement procedures have been initiated against Italy. Only five countries have kept their numbers lower. The total number of infringements against Italy has dropped to 82. This makes Italy the seventh least problematic EU country in this regard.


Prison does not deter European cannabis users 

Tuesday 27 April 2021 | EUrologus

EUrologus compared how cannabis consumption patterns vary according to whether smoking in a given EU country is punishable by prison. Our data analysis article.


Online privacy: the cookies’ attack 

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | EUrologus

When you open a website, the question immediately pops up: what data do you want to share with the service provider? In the EU, on average, 50% of internet users refuse to allow their personal data to be used for advertising.


Biden, the EU and arms exports 

Friday 26 March 2021 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

With Biden’s arrival in the White House, many pieces are moving on the international chessboard, including relations between Western democracies and the Middle East, and the delicate issue of arms exports.


Pandemic has opened prisons across Europe 

Wednesday 24 February 2021 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

The prison population fell in almost all European countries last year. Many detainees were released to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and meanwhile the crime rate also declined. The largest drop in prison numbers was in Turkey. However, in certain countries the incarcerated population increased.