Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Questions (255)

Maurice Quinlivan


255. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the reason no minutes or records of meetings were taken for meetings that took place between her Department and organisations (details supplied); the matters discussed at each of the meetings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17364/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The meeting on 27 February 2019 was between Department officials and representatives of American Chamber Europe (including Microsoft). The meeting provided an opportunity for American Chamber Europe to present their position paper "Towards a digitalised Single Market (2019 -2024): Recommendations for the next digital policy agenda of the European Commission", which is attached at the link.

The phone conversation with Apple on 7 November 2018 was between Department officials and an executive of Apple on the European Regulation (COM(2018) 238 final) on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services, which was being negotiated at an EU Working Group at the time. The purpose of the call was to explain the state of play of the negotiation process.

Minister of State Breen and officials from my Department and from the Department of the Taoiseach met with representatives from Apple on 7 March 2018. The primary purpose of the meeting was to highlight the Government's commitment to the forthcoming GDPR and to discuss compliance issues. The meeting also touched on other issues related to Minister Breen's brief including the proposed National Digital Strategy and the implementation of the EU Digital Single Market strategy.

Given the explanatory nature of all of these meetings and conversations no minutes were taken.