Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (124)

Niall Collins


124. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to attend the upcoming conference in Geneva in relation to the UN treaty on business and human rights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39481/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

My Department is currently consulting with EU partners regarding participation in the upcoming, fifth,  session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises which will take place in Geneva from 14 to 18 October. At that meeting it is expected that the main focus of attention will be consideration of the text of a draft legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises which has been circulated by Ecuador, the chair of the Working Group . 

Representation at working group meetings of this nature is generally at official level and thus Ministerial level participation is not contemplated.