Half-way through the European Parliament mandate, several European Civil Society Organisations reflect on what the Parliament had achieved in the past 2 and a half years, and to check up on the progress made against politicians’ promises and citizens’ demands.

The On Our Watch project brings together Civil Society Organisations working on all kinds of topics: from youth to poverty, from transparency to gender equality. Have a look below at all issues we have analysed so far – and contribute yourself! As a Civil Society Organisation, you can contribute by adding your analysis on your key topic(s). As an organisation or individual, you can contribute to the debate on the one of the issues via our blog page. For both, contact us!

In 2013-2014, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and its members (at the time, 29 National Networks and 18 European Organisations) carried out a pan-European campaign entitled Electing Champions for a Social Europe. The campaign managed to gather the commitment of over 10% of the newly elected MEPs to fighting poverty, social exclusion, inequalities and discrimination.

Fighting Poverty

Women and girls are half of Europe’s population, and are entitled to the same rights as men and boys. Achieving substantive equality between women and men, promoting women’s rights and empowering women should be a priority of the European Union (EU) and its Member States. Gender equality is an essential part of democracy, social justice, human rights and dignity. The European Parliament (EP) has the power and responsibility to create meaningful change towards equality for all, now and in the future.

Gender Equality

Institutional democratic reforms can only be made with a Convention. As the European Parliament has the right to call for a Convention since the Lisbon Treaty, our campaign put pressure on the candidates to call for a Convention if elected into the new parliament.

Democratic Europe

Before the European Parliament elections in 2014, Transparency International invited candidates to sign up to the Anti-Corruption Pledge 2014 committing to advance the anti-corruption agenda and to adhere to integrity and transparency standards in their functions as politicians. The Pledge included commitments in the three areas of (1) legislative transparency, (2) EU open budgets & procurement and (3) whistleblower protection.


In the run-up to the European Parliament elections in 2014, starting as early as 2009, the European Movement International adopted several positions that called for transnational lists, ‘spitzenkandidaten’, European-wide election manifestos, vote at 16, and generally, making the European democratic process more participatory.

European Elections

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