Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

647 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government 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]

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

694 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the EU directives coming wholly or partly under the aegis of his 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 he will implement the directives by means of a Bill or Statutory Instrument; and when he will implement the directives in this regard. [1559/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 647 and 694 together.

Transposition of EU directives into Irish law arises in the context of a range of responsibilities and functions in my Department. It is not practicable separately to identify the resources and personnel involved, as this work is an integral part of the Department's activities. The rate of progress is generally satisfactory; in this regard the most recent Commission report on monitoring the application of Community legislation confirmed that, at 31 December 1997, Ireland had implemented 98 per cent of directives applicable to the environment.

Directives under the aegis of my Department which have not been fully transposed are set out in the following table:

Ref. No.

Subject

Date of Adoption

Deadline forTransposition

Mode ofTransposition

Current Position

76/464/EEC

Establishment of water quality standards for certain dangerous substances under the Dangerous Substances Directive

4/5/76

No deadline specified in Directive

S.I.

Water quality standards for phosphorous were set in July 1998. Statutory provision in respect of additional substances will be made this year in light of recommendations by the EPA

Ref. No.

Subject

Date of Adoption

Deadline forTransposition

Mode ofTransposition

Current Position

80/68/EEC

Protection of groundwater against pollution caused by certain dangerous substances

17/12/79

19/12/81

S.I.

Directive is substantially implemented. The final outstanding aspect will be transposed by regulations to be made in early 1999

91/439/EEC

Driving Licences

29/7/91

1/7/96

S.I.

Majority of provisions already implemented; balance to be implemented in 1999

91/676/EEC

Designation of vulnerable zones under the Nitrates Directive and related issues.

12/12/91

19/12/93

S.I.

Specific statutory provision will be made to supplement existing legislation and to ensure full transposition

96/53/EC(Consolidated Text)

Plating of certain vehicles with their maximum weights and dimensions

25/7/96

17/9/97

S.I.

Regulations to be made in 1999

96/53/EC(ConsolidatedText)

Increased weight limits for certain vehicles circulating in international traffic

25/7/96

31/12/98

S.I.

Regulations to be made in 1999

96/61/EC

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control

24/9/96

29/10/99

Primary Legislation

Will be implemented by means of amendment to EPA Act, 1992

96/62/EC

Ambient Air Quality Assessment and management

27/9/96

21/5/98

S.I.

Regulations to be made in the very near future to effect transposition of initial elements of Directive pending adoption by the EU of subsidiary Directives

97/11/EC

Environmental Impact Assessment

3/3/97

14/3/99

S.I.

Regulations to be made in 1999

97/26/EC

Driving Licences

2/6/97

1/1/98

S.I.

Regulations to be made in 1999

97/68/EC

Air pollution by emissions from non-road mobile machinery

16/12/97

30/6/98

S.I.

Regulations to be made in 1999

98/14/EC

Standards for new vehicles

6/2/98

1/4/2000

S.I.

Regulations to be made in 2000

98/15/EC

Urban Waste Water Treatment

27/2/98

30/9/98

Regulation under EPA Act 1992

Regulations to be made in early 1999

98/69/EC

Standards for new vehicles

13/10/98

1/1/2001

S.I.

Regulations to be made in 2000

Ref. No.

Subject

Date of Adoption

Deadline forTransposition

Mode ofTransposition

Current Position

98/70/EC

Environmental fuel standards to reduce emissions from petrol and diesel fuels (Auto Oil Programme)

13/10/98

1/7/99

S.I.

Regulations to be made in 1999

98/77/EC

Standards for new vehicles

2/10/98

1/10/99

S.I.

Regulations to be made in 1999