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Transport and Telecommunications Council discussed digitalisation of transport and data economy

Publication date 3.12.2019 15.00
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The EU transport ministers met in Brussels on 2 December and the telecommunications ministers on 3 December. The meeting agendas included digital transport services, legislative proposals related to transport, 5G and the data economy.

Minister of Transport and Communications Sanna Marin chaired the meeting of transport ministers on 2 December. The meeting of telecommunications ministers on 3 December is chaired by Minister Josip Bilaver from Croatia, the next country to hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Due to the political situation in Finland, Minister Marin will return to Helsinki in the middle of the Council meeting.

The Transport Council discussed several legislative proposals

The Council agreed its position on the following:

  • revising rail passengers’ rights
  • streamlining permit-granting measures to facilitate the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T)

However, the Council could not reach an agreement on updating EU road charging rules (Eurovignette) to address issues relating to road infrastructure financing, congestion and environmental impact

The ministers also held a policy debate on digital services for passenger transport and on what the EU should do to promote such services. One of the key topics for discussion was access to data. They also discussed the future of the Single European Sky.

Both Council positions we agreed on today, as well as the two discussions we had, are aimed at promoting smoother and more sustainable mobility across Europe. Making transport more efficient and future-proof is in everyone's interest, and will help us reach our climate goals.
– Sanna Marin, Finland’s Minister for Transport and Communications and chair of today's meeting

The Telecommunications Council discussed 5G and the data economy

The Telecommunications Council adopted conclusions on the significance of 5G technology and the need to mitigate related security risks. The Council took stock of progress on the Regulation on Protection of Privacy in Electronic Communications (ePrivacy). Deliberations on the Regulation are ongoing in the Council.

The ministers held a policy debate on the development of the data economy in the European Union. The aim was to hear the Council’s views on the measures needed in the near future, how to encourage companies to share data and how to ensure that systems are human-centric.