Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

211 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Public Enterprise the resources and personnel available to transpose EU Directives into Irish law; if she has satisfied herself with the rate of progress of this implementation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1621/99]

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

221 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Public Enterprise the EU Directives coming wholly or partly under the aegis of her Department which are not currently fully implemented; the reference numbers and subject matter of each directive; the deadline for implementation set out in each directive; if she will implement the directives by means of a Bill or Statutory Instrument; and when she will implement the directives in this regard. [1554/99]

I propose taking Questions Nos. 211 and 221 together.

There are no resources or personnel specifically dedicated to the transposition of EU Directives into Irish law. Such work forms part of the administrative duties of the personnel assigned to those areas of my Department to which the EU Directives pertain.

The position in relation to EU Directives not currently fully implemented is in the following Schedule.

Schedule

Department of Public Enterprise

EU Directives Awaiting Transposition

Directive

Deadline for Implementation

Expected Date of Implementation

Method of Implementation

1.

Council Directive 96/49/EC of 23 July, 1996 on the approximation of the laws of member states with regard to the transport of dangerous goods by rail.

1 January 1997

30 June 1999

Statutory Instrument

2.

Council Directive 96/87/EC of 13 December, 1996 adapting to technical progress Council Directive 96/49/EC on the approximation of the laws of member states with regard to the transport of dangerous goods by rail.

1 January 1997

30 June 1999

Statutory Instrument

3.

Council Directive 95/18 of 19 June, 1995 on the licensing of railway undertakings.

27 January 1997

30 April 1999

Statutory Instrument

Directive

Deadline for Implementation

Expected Date of Implementation

Method of Implementation

4.

Council Directive 95/19/EC of 19 June 1995 on the allocation of railway infrastructure capacity and the charging of infrastructure fees.

27 June 1997

30 April 1999

Statutory Instrument

5.

Directive 98/10/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 1998 on the application of open network provision (ONP) to voice telephony and on universal service for telecommunications in a competitive environment.

30 June 1998

31 March 1999

Statutory Instrument

6.

Directive 97/66/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 December, 1997 concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the telecommunications sector.

24 October 1998

31 March 1999

Statutory Instrument

7.

Directive 98/61/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 September, 1998 amending Directive 97/33 with regard to operator number portability and carrier pre-selection.

31 December 1998

31 March 1999

Statutory Instrument

8.

Directive 97/67/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 December, 1997 on Common Rules for the Development of the Internal Market of Community Postal Services and the Improvement of Quality of Service.

11 February 1999

11 March 1999

Statutory Instrument

9.

Council Directive 98/20/EC of 30 March, 1998 amending Directive 92/14/EEC on the limited of the operation of aeroplanes covered by Part II, Chapter 2, Volume 1 of Annex 16 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, second edition (1988).

1 March 1999

31 May 1999

Statutory Instrument

10.

Commission Directive 98/11/EC of 27 January 1998 implementing Council Directive 92/75/EEC with regard to energy labelling of household lamps.

15 June 1999

15 June 1999

Statutory Instrument

11.

Council Directive 98/76/EC which amends Council Directive 96/26/EC relating to Access to the profession of road haulage and passenger transport operator.

1 October 1999

September 1999

Statutory Instrument

12.

Directive 96/92/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 December 1996 concerning common rules for the internal market in electricity.

19 February 2000

19 February 2000

Bill and Statutory Instrument

13.

Council Directive 96/29/EURATOM of 13 May, 1996 laying down basic safety standards for the protection of the health of workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionizing radiation.

13 May 2000

13 May 2000

Statutory Instrument

14.

Directive 98/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 June, 1998 concerning common rules for the internal market in natural gas.

10 August 2000

10 August 2000

Bill