Council of Transport, Telecommunications, and Energy
Letter from the Director
Hello and welcome to Yale Model Government Europe 2018! My name is Muriel, and I am very excited to serve as your Committee Director for the TTE Council. I look forward to making your overall YMGE experience as enjoyable and as rewarding as possible. During the conference, I hope to facilitate engaging debate, encourage innovative solutions, and examine some of the most pressing issues facing the France, Europe, and the world today.
I am a junior majoring in Global Affairs at Yale University from Singapore and Boston, Massachusetts. I have also lived in Shanghai, China and in Concord, New Hampshire. As a member of the Yale International Relations Association (YIRA), I was also involved with SCSY, YMUN China, and YMUN. Outside of YIRA, I am involved with Yale Children’s Theatre and in the Admissions Office as a Recruitment Coordinator. In my free time, I like writing, catching up on TV shows and movies, and solving crossword puzzles.
As your Director, I am more than happy to help you in any way I can. If you have any questions or concerns about this topic guide or YMGE in general, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I look forward to seeing you all in Budapest!
The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE) is the European Union council tasked with the mission of establishing “modern, competitive and efficient markets and infrastructure.” TTE works to create transport, telecommunications, and energy networks to adapt to the ever-changing and pressing needs of the European community. This council is composed of ministers who meet three to four times a year, depending on the items on the agenda.
The countries involved in this council will work to craft and enact framework for legislations regarding the transport, energy, and communication fields in order to promote European interests on the global stage. For transport, the TTE works to standardize and incorporate transportation concerns across the continent. This may include adopting a common transport policy by setting laws that regulate international transport. Measures that have been enacted in the past tend to focus on improving passenger rights, transport safety, and work conditions for transport operators. A huge priority for the council going forward is to create ideas of sustainable transport systems. TTE hopes to craft new framework for transportation that enhances passenger experience while keeping energy consumption low. This may include ideas surrounding alternative sources of energy, promoting public transport as opposed to personal vehicles, et cetera.
In terms of telecommunications, the TTE is responsible for the adoption of legislation and guidelines to improve cyber security, competition, and generate new ideas. This may include getting rid of the bureaucratic red tape currently present in telecommunications. Work has been in the past to use internet and digital technologies to enhance the European market. Completing the digital single market could help the EU boost its growth, in addition to transforming industry and creating new jobs and products in the global market.
In the field of energy, the TTE is in charge of the functionality of energy markets. This not only means that energy supplies are secure, but also that efficiency and renewability are emphasized. The council works to promote the “interconnection of energy networks,” meaning that the process of generating energy must be transparent, efficient, and must deliver the best services to the people of the EU.
Together with the European Parliament, the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council works to combat new roadblocks in order to streamline processes within the EU.
How can you, the Council of Ministers in charge of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy, best address crises that arise within the European continent and globally?
The Council has been working on new strategies to layer various defensive measures to strengthen national security across the board. Even with rapid crises that emerge, countries hope to have preventative measures in place and respond in kind. Some safeguards may be weak by themselves, but they reinforce each other in order to best protect the citizens of the EU.
For example, the European Commission worked with the TTE to enact the “laptop ban.” In March 2017, the United States and several European countries worked to ban larger electronics from being carried onto flights. The TTE helped to legislate and carry out this ban, which included upping the European Aviation Safety Agency’s safety recommendations. Examples of these stringent safety recommendations include the restriction of lithium batteries on flights.
When talking about national security, the TTE must also focus on cyberattacks. In fact, the council has dedicated a large amount of time and energy into defending the EU digital landscape from hackers and cyberattacks. After the WannaCry cyberattack, which was one the first that the EU shared cybersecurity information under the network and information security (NIS) directive, the TTE has worked hard to continue using the NIS directive to combat similar cyberattacks. The directive basically works to increase cooperation and information sharing within the EU member states, so threats of cyberattacks or violations of national security can be defeated swiftly and efficiently through clearer channels of communication. This also includes stronger private-public partnerships when dealing with cybersecurity breaches, which helps with preventing future incidents that threaten national security.
On the topic of energy, the TTE works primarily to discover new ways of conserving it and finding new renewable sources that help combat climate change. In terms of national security, coordinated global terrorist attacks on energy infrastructure is a huge problem that has not yet been dealt with in the council, but should be in order to preserve our existent energy framework.
In this council, we ask all ministers to focus on any crisis through three different lenses: that of transportation, telecommunications, and energy. In other words, all solutions may incorporate all three sectors. To accomplish this mission, we have to understand the current reality of each crisis, which more often than not will involve more non-state actors than ever before, and may rely heavily on modern transportation and digital communication.