European Ombudsman public consultation on the transparency of trilogues
The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has invited feedback from individuals, NGOs, business associations and other organisations on thetransparency of “trilogues” via a public consultation. Trilogues are informal negotiations between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission aimed at reaching agreements on new EU legislation. “Trilogues are where the deals are done. The vast majority of draft EU laws now pass through the trilogue process before being finalised. Europeans have a right to an EU law-making process that is as open as possible, while elected representatives also need the space to negotiate. This public consultation will enable us to consider as many viewpoints as possible before deciding on the next step in the inquiry.” The public consultation will feed into the European Ombudsman’s overall assessment of what steps can be taken to make trilogues more transparent.