Dáil Éireann - Volume 573 - 23 October, 2003
Written Answers. - EU Directives.
Ms O'Sullivan Ms O'Sullivan
19. Ms O'Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of EU directives for which her Department has responsibility which have yet to be implemented; the number in respect of which the deadline for implementation has passed; if she has satisfied herself with the rate of compliance by her Department; the number of cases in which legal actions have been notified or commenced by the EU Commission arising from a failure to implement a directive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24486/03]
Ms Harney Ms Harney
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Ms Harney): The current position in relation to the transposition of EU directives for which my Department is currently responsible indicates a total of 29 directives to be implemented, including 13 for which the deadline for implementation, in full or in part, has passed. Details of the directives and the proposed transposition instruments are available on my Department's website at www.entemp.ie/ecd/eudirectives. The website also contains information on directives in respect of which infringement proceedings have been commenced.
A letter of formal notice, under Article 226 of the treaty, has been issued by the European Commission in the case of five directives and a reasoned opinion in the case of another five of the outstanding directives for which the deadline for implementation has passed. In the case of four of the five directives, which are the subject of a letter of formal notice, the implementing regulations have been signed. However, there is a time lag for lifting infringement proceedings following implementation. I am satisfied that my Department is giving all due priority to the task of implementing the provisions of EU directives in light of available resources.
Dáil Éireann 573 Written Answers. EU Directives.