Zapletalová and Komínková on Voting Behaviour of Visegrad MEPs in Energy Issues
The article focuses on EU energy and climate policy by examining the voting behaviour of Visegrad MEPs during the Eighth Parliament.
To examine the popular perception, where the Visegrad group is often represented as an example of a well-working regional coalition, the authors focused on the internal coherence of the group with special regard to issues where the Visegrad countries differ. Also, the authors examined the group members´ voting affiliation with political groups within the European Parliament in general.
The article concludes that a considerable heterogeneity can be clearly traced in the MEPs´ voting behaviour. Therefore, it can be concluded that the proclaimed relative proximity among Visegrad countries’ positions does not translate into their behaviour in reality as regards voting in the European Parliament.
Moreover, the authors found that hardcore Eurosceptic MEPs are not a homogenous group either and that seeking support for climate-related legislation is more difficult than the popular perception suggests.