Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

385 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development the directives issued under the treaties establishing the European Communities of which any provision coming under the auspices of his Department has not yet been transposed into law; if in each case such transposition will be effected by Bill or statutory instrument; if transposition is overdue in any case; if so, the steps, if any, taken by the European Commission by way of enforcement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19650/00]

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table. Implementation in each case will be by statutory instrument. While every effort is made to implement directives by the due implementation date, the demands on staff and other resources as well as specific legal difficulties have led to delays in certain cases. The EU Commission has requested observations under Article 226 of the EC Treaty on the delay in implementing Directives 97/12/EC, 98/95/EC, 1999/8/EC, 1999/89/EC and 1999/90/EC.

Title of Directive

Date by which Directive is to be implemented

Expected date of implementation

Council Directive 97/12/EC of 17 March 1997 (as amended by Council Directive 98/99/EC of 14 December 1998) amending and updating Directive 64/432/EEC on health problems affecting intra-community trade in bovine animals and swine.

1 January 19991 July 1999

Partially implemented on 21 August 2000. Further elements of the Directive are expected to be implemented by the end of November.

Council Directive 98/95/EC of 14 December 1998 amending, in respect of the consolidation of the internal market, genetically modified plant varieties and plant genetic resources, Directives 66/400/EEC, 66/401/EEC, 66/402/EE, 66/403/EEC. 69/208/EEC, 70/457/EEC and 70/458/EEC on the marketing of beet seed, fodder plant seed, cereal seed, seed potatoes, seed of oil and fibre plants and vegetable seed and on the common catalogue of varieties of agricultural plant species.

December 1999

Implementation of these three Directives is dependent on the European Commission implementing provisions which are as yet unavailable.

Commission Directive 1999/8/EC of 18 February 1999 amending Council Directive 66/402/EEC on the marketing of cereal seed.

1 February 2000

Commission Directive 1999/54/EC of 26 May 1999 amending Council Directive 66/402/EEC on the marketing of cereal seed.

1 July 2000

Council Directive 1999/74/EC of 19 July 1999 laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens

1 January 2002

December 2001

Council Directive 1999/89/EC of 15 November 1999 amending Directive 91/494/EEC on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in and imports from third countries of fresh poultrymeat.

1 July 2000

November 2000

Council Directive 1999/90/EC of 15 November 1999 amending Directive 90/539/EEC on animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade in and imports from third countries of poultry and hatching eggs.

1 July 2000

November 2000

Commission Directive 2000/10/EC of 1 March 2000 including an active substance (fluroxypyr) in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market.

1 June 2001

May 2001

Directive 2000/16/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 10 April 2000 amending Council Directive 79/373/EEC on the marketing of compound feedingstuffs and Council Directive 96/25/EC on the circulation of feed materials

3 May 2001

April 2001

Commission Directive 2000/24/EC of 28 April 2000 amending the Annexes to Council Directives 76/895/EEC, 86/362/EEC, 86/363/EEC and 90/642/EEC on the fixing of maximum levels for pesticide residues in and on cereals, foodstuffs of animal origin and certain products of plant origin, including fruit and vegetables respectively.

31 December 2000

November 2000

Directive 2000/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 June 2000 relating to cocoa and chocolate products intended for human consumption.

3 August 2003

In advance ofAugust 2003

Commission Directive 2000/37/EC of 5 June 2000 amending Chapter Vla ‘Pharmacovigilance' of Council Directive 81/851/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to veterinary medicinal products.

5 December 2001

November 2001

Commission Directive 2000/42/EC of 22 June 2000 amending the Annexes to Council Directives 86/362, 86/363/EEC and 90/462/EEC on the fixing of maximum levels for pesticide residues in and on cereals, foodstuffs of animal origin and certain products of plant origin, including fruit and vegetables.

28 February 2001

January 2001

Commission Directive 2000/48/EC of 25 July 2000 amending Annexes to Council Directives 86/363/EEC and 90/642/EEC on the fixing of maximum levels for pesticide residues in and on cereals and certain products of plant origin, including fruit and vegetables respectively.

31 March 2001

February 2001

Commission Directive 2000/49/EC of 26 July 2000 including an active substance (metsulfuron-methyl) in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market.

31 December 2002

In advance ofDecember 2002

Commission Directive 2000/50/EC of 26 July 2000 including an active substance (prohexadione-calcium) in Annex I to Council Directive 91/414/EEC concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market.

1 January 2001

December 2000