Conciliating the World to Order update - operating in secrecy EU Committee private trilogues and informal decision-making. Shades of Bilderberg it would seem but more how the committee framers are usurping the rights for so-called expediency .
Three pillars of the European Union - The Framers
"The Danish presidency has abandoned attempts to agree new rules on access to EU documents. It took the decision on Tuesday (12 June) after EU countries and the European Commission last week rejected its latest draft of the law. It still aims to get MEPs to back a commission proposal to extend existing rules on freedom of information to all EU institutions - including its 31 agencies - however....The incoming Cypriot presidency might pick up where Denmark left off. But the failed talks have left behind a prickly atmosphere."
Tony Bunyan, Statewatch Director, comments:
"This is a victory for common sense, all the alternatives on the table would have fundamentally undermined openness. However, the intention of the Council Presidency to push through the Commission's 2011 proposal to "Lisbonise" the Regulation is not as simple as they seem to think.
The 2011 proposal would simply extend the scope of the Regulation to EU agencies and bodies but this does not meet the requirements of the Lisbon Treaty. Under Articles 15.1 to 15.3, the Council and the European Parliament have to meet in public when considering draft legislative acts and to ensure the publication of the documents relating to legislative procedures. This gives the European Parliament a real opportunity to insist that the Treaty obligations are fully met.
All the documents concerning legislative procedures have to be made public, including those discussed between the two legislatures (the Council and the European Parliament) in 1st and 2nd reading trilogue meetings which are currently kept secret."
Secret trilogues and the democratic deficit -Tony Bunyan
Under a new agreement between the Council and the European Parliament the efficiency of decision-making is enhanced at the expense of transparency, openness and accountability
It is worth noting that Point 6 under the Conciliation committee stage in the 1999 Joint Declaration has been deleted in the 2007 text. Point 6 said:
“The outcome of votes and, where appropriate, explanations of vote, taken within each delegation on the Conciliation Committee, shall be forwarded to the Committee.”
Even more significant is an addition in Point 14 of the 2007 text. This says:
“The working documents used during the conciliation procedure will be accessible in the Register of each institution once the procedure has been concluded” full Statewatch Viewpoint