Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1935)

Seán Fleming

Question:

1935. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to discussions at EU level regarding the potential partial liberalisation of the water market; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34947/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department is not aware of any particular policy proposals at EU level relating to the issue referred to. There is currently a proposal to recast the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the quality of water intended for human consumption, known as the Drinking Water Directive. While the proposed recast Directive makes provision for greater information to be published on the cost, efficiency and quality of water supplies it does not contain proposals in relation to liberalisation of the water market. My Department continues to update the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government on the progress of this proposed Directive.