Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (968)

Martin Kenny

Question:

968. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if Ireland has opted into the EU Reception Conditions Directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34579/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

On the 23rd January 2018, both Houses of the Oireachtas approved a motion to opt-in to the EU (recast) Reception Conditions Directive.

A formal notification letter was immediately sent to the European Council and the European Commission. This commenced the four month compliance procedure with the Commission.

The EU Commission confirmed Ireland’s opt-in by decision dated 22nd May 2018 and gave the State until the 30th June 2018 to transpose the measure into national law.

This was done by way of the European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018 which came into effect on 30 June 2018.