Today, the Council published two very important documents. The first one is the Council’s comments and “preliminary position” on the position adopted by the European Parliament ITRE Committee; the second one is a document from the Council Secratariat which basically defines the scope within which the Danish EU Presidency will negotiate with the Parliament.
For those who do not follow these things in much detail, this first paragraph may sound like overkill! Thus, we will
summarise in clear terms:
1 – On 28 February, the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee adopted a report by a large majority. This report is the Parliament’s basis for negotiation with the other co-legislator: the European Council.
2 – By means of a separate vote, the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee also gave Greens/EFA MEP Claude Turmes (Luxembourg) a mandate to negotiate with the Council in what is called an “informal trialogue”.
3 – The informal trialogue is a procedure that basically aims at fastracking the European Union ordinary legislative procedure and pave the way for adoption of a text at first reading.
4 – The Council agreed on a preliminary position on 29 March 2012, which was made public today, as well as preparatory document for the first informal trialogue, set to take place just a week from today on 11 April 2012 in Brussels.
We will delve into the details in a later post on the respective positions of the Council and the Parliament, however this much can already be euphemistically said: negotiations will be tough and securing a deal by the June Plenary will require a lot of effort on the part of the Danish Presidency and MEP Claude Turmes.
For those who cannot wait for our next post to see what’s in the text, here is a little present:
And for those who, like us, are into Council/Parliament negotiations, the following should quench your thirst: