SEMINAR / MEETING Region: Brussels

Trilogue negotiations – striking the right balance between transparency and efficiency

The debate on trilogues has again gained considerable momentum. Several initiatives have sparked renewed attention into the advantages and problems of trilogues. Among these initiatives are the latest Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Lawmaking, the European Parliament’s 2016 revision of its Rules of Procedure, the European Ombudsman’s strategic inquiry into trilogues and, most recently, a study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on trilogues and their added value, lack of transparency and possible democratic deficit they cause.

Against this background, the panel will discuss   whether, and how, trilogues are compatible with fundamental EU principles of democratic governance including open public conduct, participation of civil society, and access to documents while at the same time allowing policy makers a protected space to negotiate.


Fredrick Federley, Member of the European Parliament, ALDE group


Bernd Dittmann, Member of the EESC Employers’ Group

Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman

Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen, Secretary-General, Council of the European Union (tbc)

Richard Corbett, Member of the European Parliament, S&D group (tbc)

Date and time

  • Tuesday 5 December 2017, kl. 12:30 – 14:00


European Parliament, room PHS 5B001, European Parliament, ASP-building towards Place Luxembourg, Brussels