Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

551 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Health and Children 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. [19652/00]

The following table sets out the EU directives which are currently outstanding and have yet to be implemented by my Department through regulation or legislation and the steps taken by the European Commission by way of enforcement. In all cases where the implementation date has passed the drafting of the statutory instrument for transposition is at an advanced stage.

Foodstuffs

Title and Number of Directive

Due Date for Implementation

European Commission Action

Means OfTransposition

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

None

S.I.

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

Reasoned Opinion received on 13 March 2000

S.I.

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

Reasoned Opinion received on 13 March 2000

S.I.

Commission Directive 1999/21/EC of 25 March 1999 on dietary foods for special medical purposes

30 April 2000

First Notice of Article 226 proceedings issued on 8 August 2000.Date for submission of observations 8 October 2000

S.I.

Commission Directive 1999/50/EC of 25 May 1999 amending Directive 91/321/EC on infant formulae and follow-on formulae

30 June 2000

First Notice of Article 226 proceedings issued on 8 August 2000.Date for submission of observations 8 October 2000

S.I.

Commission Directive 1999/75/EC of 22 July 1999 amending Commission Directive 95/45/EC laying down specific purity criteria concerning colours for use in foodstuffs

1 July 2000

None

S.I.

Title and Number of Directive

Due Date for Implementation

European Commission Action

Means OfTransposition

Directive 1999/41/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 June 1999 amending Directive 89/398/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses

8 July 2000

None

S.I.

Commission Directive 98/53/EC of 16 July 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

None

S.I.

Commission Directive 2000/51/EC of 26 July 2000 amending Directive 95/31/EC laying down specific criteria of purity concerning sweeteners for use in foodstuffs

30 June 2001

None

S.I.

Environmental Health

Title and Number of Directive

Due Date for Implementation

European Commission Action

Means OfTransposition

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

13 May 2000

The European Commission has informed the Department that the transposition deadline has passed

S.I.

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.

31 July 2001

None

A legal instrument will be made by the end of the year

Others

Title and Number of Directive

Due Date for Implementation

European Commission Action

Means OfTransposition

Directive 98/79 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 1998 on invitro diagnostic medical devices.

7 December 1999

The European Commission has informed the Department that the transposition deadline has passed

S.I.