Apologies have been received from Senators Ciaran Cannon and Paudie Coffey.
The minutes of the meeting of 5 May have been circulated. Are they agreed? Agreed.
The next item on our agenda is correspondence received since the last meeting as follows: 2009/442 — Europe's World Newsletter; 2009/443 — Newsletter on Environmental Issues from GLOBE International; 2009/444 — European Water Newletter; 2009.445 — Irish Human Rights Commission Bulletin; 2009/446 — a report from the Joint Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security on electric cars; 2009/447 — a report on drinking water from the EPA entitled The Provision of Quality Drinking Water in Ireland — members may consider that individually if they wish; 2009/448 — Business Magazine from Chambers Ireland; 2009/449 — letter of acknowledgement from Dublin Docklands Development Authority in respect of our visit; 2009/450 — list of decisions taken by the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny at its meeting of 28 April — we will come back to that topic later; and 2009/451 — list of decisions taken by the Joint Committee on European Scrutiny at its meeting of 24 March 2009. We will note the correspondence.
The Joint Committee on European Scrutiny has referred three proposals to us: (1) COM (2008) 754 — a proposal for Council approval to place a genetically modified carnation — modified for flower colour — on the market for import, distribution and retailing; (2) COM (2008) 809 — a proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the restriction on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment; and (3) COM (2008) 810 — a proposal for a new directive of the European Parliament and the Council on waste and electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) repealing directive 2002/96/EC on WEEE.
The Joint Committee on European Scrutiny has asked us to note the first one for information only. It states that the second one is purely technical and does not warrant further scrutiny, but it relates to the third one which is in the important area of waste management in respect of electrical equipment. That raises some concerns for Ireland. It therefore warrants further scrutiny. The joint committee therefore agreed to forward these proposals to us for written observations to be returned to it, preferably within four weeks of the date of this meeting and within six weeks at the latest. We should note that supplementary information was received by e-mail as requested from Mr. Seán Ó Súilleabháin from the Department. It appears that the purpose of the proposal is to recast the WEEE and RoHS directives. Ireland appears to be content with the proposals and there is ongoing consultation with the industry here. Do members have views on this? Is further information sought?