Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

525 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Health and Children the resources and personnel available to transpose EU Directives into Irish law; if he has satisfied himself with the rate of progress of this implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1621/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 525 and 559 together.

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to EU Directives is set out in the following tabular statement:

Title and Number of Directive

Due date for Implementation

Timetable for Implementation

Means of Transposition

Council Directive 96/85/EC of 19 December 1996 amending Directive 95/2/EC on food additives other than colours and sweeteners

28 June 1997

March 1999

Statutory Instrument

Directive 96/83/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 December 1996 amending Directive 94/35/EC on sweeteners for use in foodstuffs

31 December 1997

March 1999

Statutory Instrument

Commission Directive 98/28/EC of 29 April 1998 granting a derogation from certain provisions of Directive 93/43/EEC on the hygiene of foodstuffs as regards the transport by sea of bulk raw sugar

1 August 1998

April 1999

Statutory Instrument

Title and Number of Directive

Due date for Implementation

Timetable for Implementation

Means of Transposition

Directive 97/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 1997 amending for the third time Directive 88/344/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the member states on extraction solvents used in the production of foodstuffs and food ingredients

27 October 1998

April 1999

Statutory Instrument

Commission Directive 98/36/EC of 2 June 1998 amending Directive 96/5/EC on processed cereal-based foods and baby foods for infants and young children

31 December 1998

May 1999

Statutory Instrument

Commission Directive 98/66/EC of 4 September 1998 amending Directive 95/31/EC laying down specific criteria of purity concerning sweeteners for use in foodstuffs

1 July 1999

1 July 1999

Statutory Instrument

Commission Directive 98/86/EC of 11 November 1998 amending Commission Directive 96/77/EC laying down specific purity criteria on food additives other than colours and sweeteners

1 July 1999

1 July 1999

Statutory Instrument

Directive 98/72/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 October 1998 amending Directive 95/2/EC on food additives other than colours and sweeteners

4 May 2000

4 May 2000

Statutory Instrument

Council Directive 97/43/EURATOM Health protection of individuals against the dangers of ionising radiation in relation to medical exposure

May 2000

May 2000

Statutory Instrument

Commission Directive 98/53/EC of July 16 1998 laying down the sampling methods and the methods of analysis for the official control of the levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs

31 December 2000

31 December 2000

Statutory Instrument

Directive 98/43/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products

July 2001

July 2001

No decision taken yet on method of transposition

Council Directive 86/609/EC regarding the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes

Already transposed but further amendment required

October 1999

Statutory Instrument

23rd Commission Directive 98/16/EC of 3 September 1998 adapting to technical progress Annexes II, III, VI and VII to Council Directive 76/768/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to cosmetic products

30 June 1999

30 June 1999

Statutory Instrument

Directive 98/79/EC on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices

7 December 1999

Implementation proposed before due date

Statutory Instrument

Council Directives 98/21/EC98/63/EC relating to the free movement of doctors

31 December 199830 June 1998

30 June 199930 June 1999

Administrative action by the Medical Council

The personnel and other resources necessary to transfer the directives into Irish Law are made available as required.