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A trialogue or formal trialogue meeting is a type of meeting used in the European Union (EU) legislative process. Trialogue negotiations are provided for in EU treaties. They are used if the Council of the European Union does not agree to the amendments proposed by the European Parliament at the second reading. In this case, formal trialogue negotiations are carried out within the framework of a conciliation committee. A trialogue is understood as an equally composite tripartite meeting between those involved in the legislative process of the EU institutions. These bodies are the European Commission (EC), the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. The European Commission takes on the mediating function.

Critics argue that the use of trialogues is detrimental to transparency in the legislative process. They believe the EC uses this process to bypass public transparency and the supposed opposition the proposed legislation would cause.[1]

A trialogue is also a literary form in which an imagined conversation between three participants is recorded. Extant examples[2][3] suggest that it is used especially to treat scientific, especially chemical and philosophical, topics.


  1. ^ "Trilogues: the system that undermines EU democracy and transparency - EDRi". EDRi. 2016-04-20. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  2. ^ Davy, Humphrey (1830). Consolations in Travel. London: John Murray. 
  3. ^ Ramsden, Jeremy (2015). Chemicals all around us. In: Ampthill Literary Festival Yearbook. pp. 29–38. ISBN 978-1-5175506-8-4.