Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

676 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government 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. [19653/00]

Details in relation to the directives in question are set out in the following table:

Ref. No

Subject

Method (Bill/Statutory Instrument)

Deadline for Transposition into Irish Law

Current Position

Enforcement Proceedings

1976/464/EEC

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

S.I.

No deadline specified in Directive

Water quality standards for phosphorus were made in July, 1998 and statutory provision will shortly be made for water quality standards for a range of other dangerous substances

Reasoned Opinion received

1980/778/EEC

Drinking Water

S.I.

18/07/1982

Implemented by European Communities (Quality of Water Intended for Human Consumption) Regulations 1988 and subsequent amendments. The most recent amending Regulations were made on 20 June 2000.

European Court of Justice proceedings initiated in relation to statutory obligations on private rural water supplies

1991/439/EEC

Driving Licences

S.I.

01/07/1996

1 outstanding item is in the process of being implemented. Regulations to be made in 2000.

1991/676/EEC

Designation of vulnerable zones under the Nitrates Directives and related issues

S.I.

When required by reference to water quality data

Specific statutory provision to be made and vulnerable zones to be designated in 2000.

Article 226 letter received

1996/53/EC (Consolidated text)

Increased weight limits for certain vehicles circulating in international traffic

S.I.

31/12/1998

Regulations to be made in 2000.

1996/61/EC

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control

Bill

29/10/1999

Directive substantially anticipated by EPA Act, 1992; will be fully implemented by means of appropriate amendments to the Act.

Article 226 letter received

Ref. No

Subject

Method (Bill/Statutory Instrument)

Deadline for Transposition into Irish Law

Current Position

Enforcement Proceedings

1996/62/EC

Ambient Air Quality Assessment and Management (Framework Directive)

S.I.

21/05/1998

Elements not dependent on subsidiary directives transposed in 1999. Regulations to be made in 2000/2001 to transpose remainder (See 99/30/EC)

1998/08/EC

The placing of biocidal products on the market

S.I

13/05/2000

Consideration being given, by Departments/ Agencies concerned, to arrangements for transposition and implementation of the Directive.

Article 226 letter received

1998/14/EC

Motor vehicle type approval and conformity of production requirements to apply from 1 October, 1999

S.I.

30/09/1998

Regulations to transpose the Directive to be made shortly

1998/69/EC

Emission standards for the registration of new passenger cars and some light commercial vehicles to apply from 1 January 2001 or 2002 depending on vehicle size

S.I.

28/09/1999

Regulations to transpose the Directive to be made shortly

1998/77/EC

Standards for replacement catalytic converters for vehicles and emission standards for the registration of new smaller LPG/CNG-fuelled vehicles to apply from 1 October 1999

S.I.

01/10/1999

Regulations to transpose the Directive to be made shortly

Article 226 letter received.

1998/81/EC

Contained use of genetically modified micro-organisms

S.I.

05/06/2000

Regulations to be made shortly

Article 226 letter received

1998/83/EC

Drinking Water

S.I.

25/12/2000

Regulations will be made in 2000

1999/13/EC

Limitation of Emissions of VOC Compounds

S.I.

April 2001

Regulations and/or national plans to be made/agreed to meet implementation date of April, 2001

1999/30/EC

Limit values for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxides of nitrogen particulate matter and lead in ambient air (1st Daughter Directive)

S.I.

19/7/2001

Regulations to be made to meet implementation date of July 2001

1999/31/EC

Landfill of Waste

S.I.

16/7/2001

Necessary Legislation will be introduced to meet this deadline

Ref. No

Subject

Method (Bill/Statutory Instrument)

Deadline for Transposition into Irish Law

Current Position

Enforcement Proceedings

1999/32/EC

Relating to a reduction in the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels.

S.I.

01/07/2000

Regulations in preparation

1999/94/EC

Availability of consumer information on fuel economy and CO2 emissions in respect of the marketing of new passenger cars

S.I.

18/1/2001

Regulations to be made to meet implementation date of January 2001

1999/96

Emissions standards for the registration of new heavy vehicles with diesel or LPG/CNG engines to apply from 1 October 2001

S.I.

01/07/2000

Regulations to transpose the Directive to be made shortly

1999/100/EC

Standards for measuring carbon dioxide emissions from new passenger cars and their fuel consumption to apply from 1 January 2000 or 2001 depending on vehicle size

S.I.

31/12/1999

Partially transposed by Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment (S.I. 55/2000). Further regulations to complete transposition to be made shortly.

Article 226 letter received

1999/101/EC

Standards relating to the permissible sound level and the exhaust system of new motor vehicles to apply from 1 October 2000

S.I.

31/03/2000

Partially transposed by Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment (S.I. 180/2000). Further regulations to complete transposition to be made shortly.