The European Ombudsman has said that the EU institutions should increase the transparency of their legislative activity by publishing documentation from their informal trilogue negotiations.
In a decision published on 14 July, ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said that in general the EU legislative process is quite transparent. However, she said that concerns had been raised about the balance between transparency and efficiency in the informal discussions that take place between the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission to resolve differences in position.
To address these concerns, the institutions should publish the dates on which these trilogue negotiations take place, general agendas for them, the initial positions of the three institutions, lists of the decision makers involved and final compromise texts. All of these should be made available in a single database, she said, either during the negotiations or after they have ended if this would be in the public interest.