Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council configuration (TTE)
The TTE Council works towards fulfilling EU objectives in the areas of transport, telecommunications and energy: to establish modern, competitive and efficient markets and infrastructure, and to create trans-European transport, communications and energy networks.
How does the Transport,Telecommunications and Energy Council work?
The composition of the TTE Council and the number of its meetings varies according to the items on the agenda:
- transport ministers usually meet four times a year
- energy ministers meet three or four times a year
- telecommunications ministers meet twice a year
Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings.
About transport, telecommunications and energy policy
In the transport field, the Council is responsible for the adoption, together with the European Parliament, of legislation within the framework of a common transport policy, such as common rules for international transport, conditions for transport operators, and measures to improve passenger rights and transport safety. One of the key aims is to put into place sustainable transport systems, where energy consumption is low, but where mobility for users is improved through better transport times and routes.
In the field of energy the Council is responsible for adopting, together with the European Parliament, legislation on the functioning of energy markets, to ensure that energy supplies are secure, to promote energy efficiency, new and renewable energies, and to promote the interconnection of energy networks.
On telecommunications, the Council is responsible for adopting, together with the European Parliament, legislation and guidelines on telecommunications networks and their interoperability. The EU's policy also aims to improve competition, cyber security and innovation in the telecommunications sector.
Priorities of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council during the Maltese presidency
The Maltese presidency will continue the work of the Netherlands and Slovak presidencies. Particularly, it will work on proposals relating to the completion of the Energy Union such as the energy efficiency proposals and clean energy package. The presidency will also try to reach an agreement with the European Parliament on the regulation on security of gas supply.
Maritime sector is one of the Maltese presidency priorities including its initiative on international ocean governance. The presidency will focus on several files on maritime transport, such as Port Reception Facilities directive or Commissions reports on digital maritime systems. In addition, it will also aim to adopt a political declaration relating to the Review of EU Maritime Transport Strategy 2018.
Concerning aviation, the Council will try to agree with the Parliament the revision of the regulation on the European Aviation Safety Agency. In land transport, the presidency will continue work on EU road safety, including directive on the certification of professional competence for truck and bus drivers.
On telecommunications, the Maltese presidency's main goal is conclude the work on the wholesale roaming file necessary to end the roaming charges in June. The presidency will also focus on advancing work on the telecoms framework review.