Written answers

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Legislative Measures

Neasa Hourigan (Dublin Central, Green Party)
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37. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress that has been made in introducing legislation with regard to the EU conflict minerals regulation; the estimated number of companies to fall under the regulation; the supervisory authority that will be responsible for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9195/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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EU Regulation 2017/821 lays down supply chain due diligence obligations for Union importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

Statutory Instrument No. 16 of 2021 (available at) designates the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications as Competent Authority for the purpose of EU Regulation 2017/821. There are currently 13 companies which will fall under the remit of the EU Regulation, the implementation of which is being overseen by my Department.

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