Secretive ‘trialogue’ talks to agree EU law face investigation

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Publication Date 21/04/2015
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In an interview with EurActiv, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly revealed that three-way talks between the major European institutions to broker deals on European Union's law - also know as trialogue meetings - face being investigated over their lack of transparency by the bloc’s maladministration watchdog.

Ms O’Reilly said there were concerns over the opacity of the decision-making process when deals on proposed EU legislation are hammered out.

Trialogues happen after the European Parliament and Council of the European Union agreed their respective positions on a pending piece of legislation. The series of negotiations, which the European Commission sits in on, work towards agreeing a final compromise text. Both Parliament and Council must agree an identical text before it becomes law.

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