Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (166)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

166. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the EU directives not transposed into law to date; the deadline imposed by the EU for the transposition of same; the estimated date for transposition into law; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22598/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Please see the following table which outlines the EU directives that come within the remit of my Department which have not yet been fully transposed into law together with relevant information in relation to those Directives.

Where Directives have not yet been transposed this is generally down to a combination of factors, including, primarily, competing legislative priorities.

Directive

Transposition Deadline

Estimated Transposition Date

Further information

Directive 2017/541/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on combatting terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA and amending Council Decision 2005/671/JHA.

N/A, Ireland did not opt-in to the measure

The Criminal (Terrorist Offences) Bill is included in the Government’s legislative programme and will, when passed, facilitate Ireland's participation in this measure, enabling transposition to take place.

DIRECTIVE 2014/62/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 15 May 2014 on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2000/383/JHA

23/05/2016

Year end 2019

The provisions required by the Directive largely already exist in Irish law by virtue of Part 5 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001. A number of, mostly technical, amendments will be required and draft provisions for that purpose are currently with the Office of the Attorney General for advice. It is hoped that the provisions required to make these amendments can be brought before the Oireachtas in the Autumn of 2019.

DIRECTIVE (EU) 2017/1371 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 5 July 2017 on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests by means of criminal law

06/07/2019

Year end 2019

This Directive requires a number of amendments to Part 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

A general scheme for the legislation which will make those amendments was published in October 2018 and the Bill is on the priority publication list for the Summer session of 2019. It is intended that the Bill will make it’s way through the Oireachtas during the Autumn session.

DIRECTIVE (EU) 2018/843 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30 May 2018 amending Directive (EU) 2015/849 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, and amending Directives 2009/138/EC and 2013/36/EU

10/01/2020

10/01/2020

This Directive requires a number of amendments to Part 6 of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

A general scheme for the legislation which will make those amendments was published in January 2019 and the Bill is on the priority publication list for the Summer session of 2019. It is intended that the Bill will make it’s way through the Oireachtas during the Autumn session.

Directive (EU) 2017/853 amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons

14 September 2018

30 June 2019

Text of the Directive is complex and technical and required ongoing interaction with Advisory Counsel and Office of Parliamentary Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General. This was subject to delay due to the priority given to Brexit legislation.

European Accessibility Act (DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States as regards the accessibility requirements for products and services)

April 2025

The Directive has only recently been agreed (9 April 2019) and no information is available in relation to transposition at this early stage.

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