The Commission's Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, and his team (Task Force Article 50, or TF50) are regularly reaching out to stakeholders.
All meetings of the Chief Negotiator are published online, in line with the Commission decision on the publication of information on meetings between Directors-General and organisations or self-employed individuals, and its policy of only meeting representatives that are registered on the Transparency Register.
In addition, members of TF50 engage in bilateral meetings with a variety of stakeholders, mainly responding to meeting requests by business associations, trade unions, environmental and consumer organisations, university associations and think tanks, as well as non-governmental organisations. TF50 has encouraged public interest-oriented associations to voice their concerns, in order to ensure that stakeholders representing a wide range of views are listened to. Stakeholder input has helped TF50 gather evidence of the EU-wide impact of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU.
In the current phase, TF50 continues to be mainly interested in meeting European associations. The Chief Negotiatior continues to have regular exchanges with stakeholders in Brussels and in Member States.
Stakeholder outreach follows a set of general principles throughout the process of negotiations:
the Chief Negotiator and TF50 aim to have an open, transparent and regular dialogue with stakeholders, covering a balanced set of interests in terms of the Member States, economic sectors and civil society.
TF50 will only meet organisations that are registered in the Transparency Register.
13 March 2017