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Dáil Question to Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation on outstanding EU Directives

DAIL QUESTION NO. 70

To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of EU directives related to his Department that have yet to be transposed into Irish law despite the deadline date been passed; when is it proposed that these Directives will be transposed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Anthony Lawlor.

* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 11th December, 2013.

Ref No: 53355/13

R E P L Y

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Mr Bruton)

My Department ensures that a high profile is given to ensuring that a good performance on the transposition of Directives is maintained. Within the Department transposition is monitored on a regular basis.

Currently one Directive is overdue since 11th May 2013, Directive 2010/32/EU on implementing the Framework agreement on prevention from sharp injuries in the hospital and health care sector. We understand that Ireland is one of approximately 8 Member States that have not transposed this Directive.

During discussions between my Department and the Office of Parliamentary Counsel to the Government on the legal scrutiny and settlement of the draft Regulations to transpose the Directive, a number of additional legal issues were identified which has, of necessity, delayed transposition. These issues are being urgently addressed with a view to completing the process of transposition by the end of 2013.

Close contact has been maintained with the European Commission throughout this process to apprise them of progress. A formal notice of Infringement has not been received to date, due to an administrative issue on behalf of the Commission.

A full list of the Directives to be transposed up to 2015 and the current position in respect of their transposition is provided in the table below. This table can also be accessed on my Department’s website at www.djei.ie