My Department has been working to implement the new EU Communications Code. The transposition process has included extensive and ongoing engagement with relevant key stakeholders, including industry, the Regulator and the European Commission. In keeping with that stakeholder engagement, my Department has shared the text for the end user rights element with industry which is available to view on gov.ie. Following the expected finalisation of the draft text in the coming weeks, my Department will publish the full text in a public consultation. The text will then be finalised having considered submissions received, following which the European Commission will be notified of the transposition. It is expected that transposition will be completed in late Q1 or very early Q2.
Separately, work is ongoing at trilogue level to agree a temporary derogation to the ePrivacy Directive to ensure that number-independent interpersonal communications services can continue to detect and report child sexual abuse material online. Ireland has been very vocal about the need to ensure that the proposed ePrivacy Regulation does not inhibit this vital work continuing. Ireland is supportive of the derogation and looks forward to these negotiations being concluded as soon as possible.