Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (224)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

224. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the working groups currently established in his Department; the focus of their work; the membership composition of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13566/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Within my Department there are a number of Departmental and inter-Departmental Working Groups, working on a range of issues. Details of the membership of each group and the focus of their work are set out in the attached table.

Working Group (including focus)

Membership

Brexit Group

Preparedness for no-deal Brexit scenario and co-ordinate Departmental response to Brexit risks

Principal Officers from all units in the Department of Finance

Brexit Contact Group

A subgroup of the Financial Stability Group (FSG), this group was established for information sharing around financial stability Brexit issues

Department of Finance

Central Bank

National Treasury Management Agency

Irish Sovereign Green Bond Working Group

Identify Eligible Green Bond Projects

Department of Finance

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Energy

NewERA

National Treasury Management Agency

Interdepartmental Review Group on the Local Property Tax

Review in particular the impact on LPT liabilities of property price developments

Department of Finance

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of An Taoiseach

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Cost of Insurance Working Group

To examine factors contributing to the cost of insurance and to identify measures to reduce that cost

Department of Finance

Department of Justice and Equality

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

Central Bank of Ireland

State Claims Agency

Interdepartmental Pensions Reform and Taxation Group

The Roadmap for Pensions Reform 2018 – 2023, agreed by Government, sets out a comprehensive plan with specific actions to overhaul our pension system. This Group is responsible for implementing a number of those actions

Department of Finance

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

The Pensions Authority

Anti-Money Laundering Steering Committee

Assist government departments, agencies and competent authorities to fulfil their mandates with respect to combatting money laundering and terrorist financing as provided for in the relevant domestic and European legislation and the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force

Department of Finance

Department of Justice and Equality

Department of Defence

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

An Garda Síochána

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Criminal Assets Bureau

Central Bank of Ireland

Companies Registration Office

Charities Regulatory Authority

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Intra-Departmental Virtual Currencies and Blockchain Working Group

To monitor developments at a global and European level in relation to virtual currencies and blockchain and to build knowledge of developments in the technology with an aim to identify risks and assess potential economic opportunities for Ireland

Membership is drawn from relevant Divisions across the Department of Finance

Credit Union Policy Roundtable

Credit Union stakeholders to share information and views on developments and key issues in the Credit Union sector

Department of Finance

5 Credit Union stakeholders

Financial Stability Group (FSG)

A forum for senior officials from the Department of Finance, the Central Bank and the National Treasury Management Agency to discuss financial stability issues

Department of Finance

Central Bank of Ireland

National Treasury Management Agency

FSG Crisis Preparedness Group

A standing working group tasked by the FSG to develop, operationalise and maintain the FSG Crisis Co-ordination Framework

Department of Finance

Central Bank of Ireland

National Treasury Management Agency

FSG Communications Working Group

Develop the communications element of the FSG Crisis Co-ordination Framework

Department of Finance

Central Bank of Ireland

National Treasury Management Agency

IFS2020 Public Sector Co-ordination Group

Implementation of the IFS2020 Strategy

Department of Finance

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of An Taoiseach

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Education and Skills

Enterprise Ireland

IDA Ireland

IFS2020 High Level Implementation Committee

Implementation of the IFS2020 Strategy

Department of Finance

Department of An Taoiseach

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of Education and Skills

IDA Ireland

Enterprise Ireland

Central Bank of Ireland (attend as an observer)

IFS2020 Joint Committee

Implementation of the IFS2020 Strategy

The members of the High-level Implementation Committee and Industry Advisory Committee meet quarterly as the Joint Committee

IFS2020 Industry Advisory Committee

Implementation of the IFS2020 Strategy

Representatives from:

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Rockall Technology

TransferMate

The Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon

Monument Group – Laguna Life

BNP Paribas

Elavon

Fexco Corporate Payments

KPMG

Blackrock

McCann Fitzgerald

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) Aviation Capital

Facebook

Citigroup

State Street

International Member

(IAC Secretariat) - Insurance Ireland

Tax Appeals Commission Liaison Group

This group forms part of the oversight arrangement between the Department of Finance and the Tax Appeals Commission, a body under the aegis of the Department. Members discuss administrative, management, resourcing, reporting and governance issues, as well as any other issues of mutual concern which may arise

Department of Finance

Tax Appeals Commission

Tax Appeals Commission Administration Working Group

Provides a formal liaison arrangement between the Tax Appeals Commission, the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Finance

Department of Finance

Tax Appeals Commission

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Working Group on InvestEU

To discuss the InvestEU proposal which was released by the European Commission in June 2018

Department of Finance

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of An Taoiseach

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Intra-Departmental Children First

Co-ordination Group

To consider implementation of the Children First Act in the Department of Finance and communication of requirements to bodies under its aegis

Membership is drawn from officials of the relevant Divisions of the Department of Finance, including the Department’s representative on the Children First Interdepartmental Implementation Group

Working Group to examine the tax treatment of payments made by Government departments/agencies having regard to PAYE modernisation

To provide clarity on the tax treatment of all payments made by Government departments/agencies in the context of the PAYE modernisation project

Department of Finance

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Other Government Departments as appropriate

Intra-Departmental Incident Response Protocol Working Group

Departmental Group established for the purpose of developing an Incident Response Protocol

Membership is drawn from officials across all Divisions of the Department of Finance

Interdepartmental Anti-Fraud Coordination Service (AFCOS) Group

Promote and encourage engagement between Government Departments and bodies on anti-fraud matters relating to the protection of the financial interests of the EU

Department of Finance

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Rural and Community Development

Department of Justice and Equality

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

An Garda Síochána

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Interdepartmental Committee on the EU post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework

Further Ireland’s positions in the ongoing and future negotiations on the Post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework and to ensure the dissemination of information from EU working groups

Department of Finance

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of the Taoiseach

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Department of Defence

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Rural and Community Development

Department of Children and Youth Affairs Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Department of Justice and Equality

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Central Statistics Office