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Inside the black box of trilogues: introduction to the special issue.

Brandsma, Gijs Jan; Greenwood, Justin; Ripoll Servent, Ariadna; Roederer-Rynning, Christilla


Gijs Jan Brandsma

Justin Greenwood

Ariadna Ripoll Servent

Christilla Roederer-Rynning


This special issue brings together seven original contributions on actors involved in trilogue negotiations whose role has largely been neglected: the Commission, the Council, the Court, the Ombudsman, national parliaments, organized interests and Eurosceptic groups. This introduction outlines the setup and work processes of trilogues, and highlights the key findings of the issue’s contributions, namely how actors at the edge of the negotiations can shape power relations in trilogues and how micro-behaviour shapes macro-processes of inter-institutional bargaining. It also discusses the ongoing tension between transparency and efficiency, notably when it comes to institutional oversight mechanisms and the legitimacy of trilogues.


BRANDSMA, G.J., GREENWOOD, J., RIPOLL SERVENT, A. and ROEDERER-RYNNING, C. 2021. Inside the black box of trilogues: introduction to the special issue. Journal of European public policy [online], 28(1): inside the 'black box' of EU legislative trilogues, pages 1-9. Available from:

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Nov 27, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 18, 2021
Publication Date Jan 31, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 3, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jul 19, 2022
Journal Journal of European public policy
Print ISSN 1350-1763
Electronic ISSN 1466-4429
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 1-9
Keywords European Parliament; Council of Ministers; European Commission; Democracy; Bicameralism
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