Democratic Legitimacy in the EU: Inside the 'Black Box’ of Informal Trilogues
Justin Greenwood and co-investigator Christilla Roederer-Rynning of University of Southern Denmark are working on a series of collaborative research projects under the 'Open Research Area' scheme that seek to open up the ‘black box’ of informal negotiations, and examine what impact public debates have on these negotiations, and how the EU institutions use these debates to negotiate their respective positions.
The Open Research Area scheme is funded separately by the national research councils of Germany - PI Ariadna Ripoll Servent University of Bamberg; the Netherlands - PI Gijs Jan Brandsma & CI Sebastiaan Princen, Utrecht University; and the UK. The UK project has a particular emphasis on the role of organised civil society in trilogues.
For information, read the following articles by Christilla Roederer-Rynning and Justin Greenwood on 'The Culture of Trilogues' and 'The European Parliament as a Developing Legislature: coming of age in Trilogues?' in the Journal of European Public Policy.