Belgian Presidency of the European Union
Parliamentary Activities
Trio - Presidency


Further to a decision of the European Council, a joint programme is elaborated, since 2007 by 3 successive presidencies (for a period of 18 months) in order to ensure greater continuity.

In the framework of the trio presidency Spain Belgium Hungary, a Cooperation agreement was concluded on 5.10.2008 by the presidents of the parliaments concerned :

Cooperation agreement
pdf document
The aim is to provide a parliamentary dimension to this new formula of Trio presidencies (which have been up to now, to a great extend, merely governmental).

In this perspective, hearings were regularly organized with the Belgian secretary of state for European Affairs during the elaboration of the programme of the trio presidency at governmental level. By doing so, the parliament was able to exert an influence on the positions of the government in the framework of the trio consultations at governmental level.

The programme of the trio presidency was approved by the general affairs council of 7 December 2009.

Parliamentary reports on the preparation of the trio presidency:

Document K 1676/1
pdf document - 9 Dec 2008
Document K 1676/2
pdf document - 24 Feb 2009
Document K 1676/3
pdf document - 1 July 2009
Document K 1676/4
pdf document - 1 Jan 2010


18 month Programme of the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Presidencies
pdf document - 27 Nov 2009

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