Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Questions (87)

Cathal Crowe


87. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for Transport the details of Irish compliance with article 14 of Regulation (EU) 2017/352, which relates to the provision of port services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9432/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

In Ireland, the relevant provisions of Regulation (EU) 2017/352 are given effect by S.I. No. 128 of 2019 - the European Union (Port Services) Regulations 2019 - which was signed into law on 29 March 2019.

The S.I. provides for the designation of complaints handling bodies, penalties and appeals for the purposes of compliance with Regulation (EU) 2017/352.

Regulation 4 of S.I. No. 128 of 2019 designates the Irish Maritime Development Office and the Health and Safety Authority as the National Relevant Authorities for the purposes of handling complaints under Regulation (EU) 2017/352.

The Health and Safety Authority, in line with current national legislation, is the National Relevant Authority for the handling of complaints for the health and safety aspects only of Article 14 of the EU Regulation (EU) 2017/352.

The Irish Maritime Development Office is the National Relevant Authority for the handling of complaints for the rest of Article 14 and for all other Articles of Regulation (EU) 2017/352.

In compliance with the Regulation, Ireland informed the European Commission of the above implementation of the EU Regulation on 3 April 2019.

Questions Nos. 88 and 89 answered with Question No. 86.