How to Negotiate Under Co-Decision in the EU: Reforming Trilogues and First-Reading Agreements

CEPS Policy Brief No. 270

10 Pages Posted: 15 May 2012

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Lukas Obholzer

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Christine Reh

University College London

Date Written: May 8, 2012

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 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, the authors 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.

Keywords: co-decision, decision-making, EU, Constitutional Affairs Committee, European Parliament, EU legitimacy

Suggested Citation

Obholzer, Lukas and Reh, Christine, How to Negotiate Under Co-Decision in the EU: Reforming Trilogues and First-Reading Agreements (May 8, 2012). CEPS Policy Brief No. 270. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2060107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2060107

Lukas Obholzer

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Christine Reh (Contact Author)

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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