How to Negotiate under Co-decision in the EU: Reforming Trilogues and First-Reading Agreements

Author
Lukas Obholzer, Christine Reh
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Centre for European Policy Studies
Abstract
The Constitutional Affairs Committee is currently reviewing the European Parliament's Rules of Procedure to increase the effectiveness, transparency and inclusiveness of first-reading agreements under co-decision. This CEPS Policy Brief takes a stand as to which rules should be adopted to achieve these objectives. Given the steep rise of early agreements and Parliament's role as a guarantor of EU legitimacy, we place a premium on inclusiveness and transparency. The rules suggested are designed to maintain efficiency for technical proposals, facilitate effective decision-making on urgent files and increase the overall legitimacy of legislative decision-making in the EU.
Topic
Regional Cooperation, Treaties and Agreements, Governance
Political Geography
Europe