The opening of three very interesting data sets is announced today! These data sets originate from three distinct research sectors that are being pursued by our Parliamentary Foresight Lab, a virtual research laboratory in the Department for Scientific Documentation and Supervision at the Scientific Service of the Hellenic Parliament.

A. EU referendum data, 1972-2018

This is the primary data set to a wide-range study of European referendums from 1972 to 2018. Data to 28 EU member states are provided. These include the turnover and YES/in-favor results. Moreover, the referendums are classified according to four distinct types, i.e. sovereignty, EU matters, constitutional and policy issues. The novel concept of “spheres” is also introduced. It includes five elements or concentric spheres, i.e. private, family, society, state and institutional. Where available, data are backed by official sources. This data set is the prelude to a journal paper to be announced in late 2019.

B. Data on parliamentary involvement in SDG monitoring, 2015-2019

This is the underlying dataset to an ongoing study regarding Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The study sheds light on the engagement of parliaments to control implementation of SDGs. For this, institutional and non-institutional measures from several parliaments were evaluated. The two-dimensional matrix contains data on countries, intra- and extra-parliamentary conduct, control of the SDG budget and general comments. All references are to be found in the data file itself. The dataset has 154 entries, which correspond to 153 UN member states and Palestine, which has an observer status. The study was presented during the 2019 Wroxton Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, 27-28 July 2019. A related paper has already been submitted for publication in a special issue on Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Journal of Legislative Studies.

C. EU Twinning projects in Serbia, 2004-2019

This data set captures all EU-funded Twinning projects in Serbia during the CARDS and IPA periods, from 2004 to 2019. All in all, 79 projects were identified. Several details are attached to each project, such as sector, budget, duration, participation of EU member states and source(s) of information. A related journal paper with in-depth analysis of this data is in the making.

No funding schemes were considered for this research. The next step would involve further refinement, updates (where possible) as well as transformation of the data sets according to the FAIR principles. This announcement is a token of our responsibility towards the scientific community and society at large, which finances our positions and our Service.

The data sets can be found on figshare.com:


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