Written answers

Tuesday, 4 April 2006

Department of Foreign Affairs

EU Directives

9:00 pm

Photo of John DeasyJohn Deasy (Waterford, Fine Gael)
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Question 55: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of European directives awaiting implementation by the Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13013/06]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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A total of 113 EU directives are at present awaiting transposition into Irish law, 33 of which are overdue for transposition. However, every effort is being made by the relevant Departments to expedite the implementation of these directives.

The Government is strongly committed to meeting the deadlines for transposition. The Interdepartmental Committee on European Union Affairs, chaired by my colleague, Deputy Noel Treacy, Minister of State for European affairs, provides a high level forum overseeing the transposition of EU legislation.

In addition, last December, the Department of the Taoiseach published guidelines on best practice on transposition of EU directives, and the Cabinet Committee on European Affairs keeps the issue of transposition under regular review.

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