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Informal meeting of energy and transport ministers (TTE)

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE)

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Informal meeting of energy ministers

One of the key elements in achieving the Energy Union of the European Union is the new design of the electricity market. This is reflected also in the Clean Energy package, released late last year by the European Commission. In addition to enhancing the energy efficiency and increasing the integration of renewable energy sources, the new design of the electricity market is indicated as the key objective of this package.

The new model for electricity market is one of the main priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the field of energy. The aim of the informal energy ministers’ meeting is to have comprehensive discussions on the key issues of the negotiations and to facilitate the progress of negotiations in the Council of the European Union during our Presidency.

Energy ministers will have in total three sessions, where ministers can both in smaller groups and jointly discuss the topical issues that have risen during the negotiations.

The transport and energy ministers will have a joint session where they are invited to share their expectations towards infrastructure development by 2020 and beyond while drawing from the current implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility instrument with an aim to deliver the Energy Union and the Single European Transport Area.

Well-connected member states are the backbone of the European single market which is why the theme for the informal meeting of transport ministers will be connectivity. The objective of the meeting is to identify policy actions and financing solutions to invest in the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) with the perspective of the post-2020 EU financial framework. The transport ministers will have three sessions in total after the joint session, the first of which will be dedicated to discussions on air connectivity in Europe. Additionally, in order to better monitor trends in connectivity and to identify connectivity gaps, the European Commission’s air connectivity index will be presented. The second day will concentrate on the achievements of the TEN-T policy this far and look to the future by debating the investment needs and opportunities (including the innovative funding solutions) for the implementation of the TEN-T network. 

The meeting will be led by Kadri Simson, the Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of Estonia.

There will be a live stream of the event. Videos related to the event are available on our videos page and photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr account.

Agenda

8.15-8.55

Arrivals and doorstep

9.00-9.20

Tour de table

9.20-9.50

Opening speeches and introduction to workshops

  • Kadri Simson, Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of Estonia 
  • Miguel Arias Cañete, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner

9.50-10.20

Family photo

10.20-11.40

Workshops: 3 parallel sessions

Key aspects of electricity market design exploring possibilities to ensure the functioning of electricity market free of distortive measures and while intensifying cross-border cooperation.

14.00-16.15

Joint session of energy and transport ministers - Delivering the Energy Union and the Single European Transport Area

This session concentrates on discussing the expectations towards infrastructure development by 2020 and beyond while drawing from the current implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility instrument. 

Opening by the Estonian Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson. Comments by the Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič and other ministers. Concluding remark by Commisioners Arias Cañete and Violeta Bulc.
 

16.15-16.45

Energy Ministers press conference

  • Kadri Simson, Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of Estonia 
  • Miguel Arias Cañete, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner
  • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission 
  • Ando Leppiman, Deputy Secretary General for Energy of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure
     

16.45-17.05

Tour de table

16.45-19.00

Session of the transport ministers - Air connectivity providing for greater territorial cohesion in Europe

The session concentrates on discussing how to enhance air connectivity in Europe for greater cohesion in the EU. The deliberation should, in particular, focus on identifying the needs for stimulation of European air connectivity in order to benefit businesses and passengers. In addition, to better monitor trends in connectivity and identify connectivity gaps, the European Commission’s air connectivity index will be presented.

8.15-8.55

Transport Ministers arrivals and doorstep

9.00-10.30

Second session of the transport ministers - Debating the future investment policy for transport sector beyond 2020

10.30-11.00

Family photo of Transport Ministers

11.00-12.30

Transport ministers working session continues

12.30-13.00

Transport Ministers press conference

  • Kadri Simson, Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of Estonia 
  • Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport
     

Location

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel)

Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn, Estonia

Media

Files

Contacts

Ave Ader

Ave Ader

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications / Counsellor (coordination of events)

+372 56896079 +372 6256495 ave.ader@mkm.ee

Mihkel Loide

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications / Spokesperson

+372 53001777 +372 6256430 mihkel.loide@mkm.ee

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