HUEBNER Danuta Maria
22 March 2019 17:17
TIMMERMANS Frans (EC)
ncy Register - Call for political meeting
Mr Frans TIMMERMANS
22 March 2019
We have taken note of your negative reply to our letter of 13 March 2019 regarding a fourth negotiating meeting at
political level to be held during next week’s plenary session in Strasbourg.
We understood from the last meeting on 13 February 2019 that the political level was meant to reconvene as soon as
possible, in order to note progress done at technical level. Staff from the three institutions have been working tirelessly
to progress as much as possible, in order to facilitate another tripartite political negotiation. Indeed, when you refer to a
small number of outstanding issues meant to have been discussed this week, we understand that the postponement of
a technical meeting was firmly meant on our side to be to another day this week, with the express purpose of providing
a clear indication of progress that could then be given to the political level meeting. What is more, discussions at the
technical level cannot be regarded as a precondition for achieving this agreement.
In terms of substance, it emerged during the recent meetings at technical level that a number of issues - outside Articles
3 and 5 - remained to be clarified at the political level in order to provide the services of our three institutions with
political guidance. These include notably the legal architecture of the I A and associated separate decisions to be taken.
We reiterate that in order to reach an interinstitutional agreement on the Transparency Register during this legislative
term, as was our common goal, time is running out.
We therefore urge you to reconsider your position and meet with the Parliament and the Council next week in order to
come to a political agreement, which will allow for the remaining technical issues to be adapted as a consequence.
Sylvie Guil aume Danuta Hübner
EP Vice-President Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs