Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

826 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform 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. [1562/99]

The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statement.

Title of EU Directive and Reference Number

Subject matter of EU Directive

Deadline for Implementation of the EU Directive

Means of implementation: Bill or Statutory Instrument

Expected date of implementation

Council Directive – 97/80/EC of 15 December 1997. Burden of Proof in cases of sex discrimination.

Subject matter is as indicated in the title of the Directive.

1 January, 2001.

To be decided.

Within the permitted time frame.

Directive-98/5/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 16 February 1998 to facilitate the practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a Member State other than that in which qualification was obtained.

Subject matter is as indicated in the title of the Directive.

14 March 2000.

Not yet decided.

By date of implementation.

Council Directive-86/613/EEC of 11 December 1986 on the application of the principle of equal treatment between men and women engaged in an activity, including agriculture, in a self-employed capacity, and on the protection of self-employed women during pregnancy and motherhood.

Subject matter is as indicated in the title of the Directive.

30 June 1989.

Legal advice has been sought from the Attorney General as to the implications of this Directive in relation to the prohibiting of discrimination in firms. If the advice is that legislation is required, consideration will be given, in the context of the preparation of the revised Equal Status Bill, to including an appropriate provision in that Bill.

It is envisaged that the revised Equal Status Bill will be published in the early part of 1999.

Title of EU Directive and Reference Number

Subject matter of EU Directive

Deadline for Implementation of the EU Directive

Means of implementation: Bill or Statutory Instrument

Expected date of implementation

Directive-95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October, 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.

Subject matter is as indicated in the title of the Directive.

24 October 1998.

Bill

By mid-1999.