Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (53)

Brendan Smith


53. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress at EU level in developing guidelines on place of origin labelling for products from illegal Israeli settlements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35667/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I refer the Deputy to my reply to his Question No. 65 (30912/13) on 26 June, which included the following: “In all administrations, labelling of goods is a complex matter, involving numerous different Ministries, policy areas and objectives. At EU level, the EAS is now working through these complex issues with the European Commission to produce draft EU guidelines. This may take some time – the UK guidelines in this area were the result of a two year period of consultation. Since this work is ongoing, I cannot predict the details of what will eventually emerge.” I have nothing further to add to this at this point.