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 Slovak presidency
During the second half of 2016, the transport field of the Council will focus on realisation of the single European transport market such as the revision of the Regulation on the European Aviation Safety Agency.
On telecommunications, the Slovak presidency's main goal is to adopt Council conclusions on the Action plan for eGovernment for 2016-2020, when issued by the European Commission. In addition, the Slovak presidency will work on reaching general approach on the proposal to revise the wholesale charges for international roaming, which serves as a precondition for eliminating roaming charges by 2017.
In the field of energy, the presidency will mainly focus on the completion of Energy Union. It will look at the revision of the Security of Gas Supply Regulation with the aim to reach a consensus and to start the negotiations with the European Parliament. In this respect, the presidency will also negotiate an agreement with the Parliament on intergovernmental agreements in the field of energy to increase transparency of such agreements.