Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council configuration (TTE)

Council of the EU

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 Estonian presidency

The Estonian presidency will continue the work leading to the completion of the Energy Union. In particular, it will focus on clean energy package as well as the electricity market design.

The presidency will propose a public-private partnership declaration on digitising the energy sector.

In the area of transport, the Estonian presidency will prioritise road initiatives of the Low-emission mobility package and active implementation of the Aviation strategy for Europe. The presidency will also work towards eliminating the obstacles to digitisation of transport and work on Council conclusions on that.

The priority for the Estonian presidency in telecommunications is to agree on a general approach on the Electronic Communications Code to prepare Europe for the era of 5G.