Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Frances Fitzgerald

Ceist:

166 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the EU Directives coming wholly or partly under the aegis of her Department which are not currently fully implemented; the reference numbers and subject matter of each directive; the deadline for implementation set out in each directive; if she will implement the directives by means of a Bill or Statutory Instrument; and when she will implement the directives in this regard. [1551/99]

Directive

Subject Matter

Final Date for Implementation

Means of Implementation

Target Transposition Date

93/103/EEC

Minimum safety and health requirements on board fishing vessels

23-11-95

S.I.

Early 1999

94/9/EC

Approximation of laws concerning equipment and protective systems for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

01-09-95

S.I.

Early 1999

94/27/EC

Restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations

Not yet known

S.I.

Dependent on publication of test methods by the European Commission

94/48/EC

Restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations

Not yet known

S.I.

Dependent on publication of test methods by the European Commission

94/55/EC

Approximation of the laws of the Member States with regard to the transport of dangerous goods by road

01-01-97

S.I.*

May 1999

95/63/EC

Minimum health and safety requirements for use of work equipment by workers at work

05/12/98

S.I.

Early 1999

95/50/EC

Uniform Procedures for checks on the transport of dangerous goods by road

01-01-97

S.I.*

May 1999

96/35/EC

Appointment and vocational training of safety advisers for the transportation of dangerous goods by road, rail or inland waterway

31-12-99

S.I.

December 1999

96/82/EC

Control of major accidents hazards involving dangerous substances

03-02-99

S.I.

February 1999

Directive

Subject Matter

Final Date forImplementation

Means of Implementation

Target Transposition Date

96/94/EC

Protection of workers from risks related to exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents at work

01-06-98

S.I.

Early 1999

97/42/EC

Protection of workers from risks related to exposure to carcinogens

27-06-2000

S.I.

June 2000

97/56/EC

Approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations

04-12-98

S.I.

Early 1999

98/24/EC

Protection of workers from risks related to chemical agents at work

05-05-2001

S.I.

May 2001

98/73/EC

Approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances

31-10-99

S.I.

October 1999

98/00EC

Classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances

01-07-2000

S.I.

July 2000

94/8/EEC

Revision of thresholds for small and medium size companies

This directive provides for an increase in the threshold limits which determine small and medium sized company status in Company Law. The directive is completely optional. Implementation was examined in 1996. At the time it was decided not to implement the Directive due to the preparation of a Draft Financial Reporting Standard for smaller entities (FRSSE) by the Consultative Committee of Accounting Bodies, which was designed to relieve small companies of some of the burdens of financial reporting. This Financial Reporting Standard was adopted at the end of 1997. Ireland is free to implement the Directive at any stage and it is likely that there will be another review by the EU of the threshold limits in advance of the introduction of the Euro. The matter can be examined further at that stage.

Ireland is free to implement the Directive at any stage

Directive

Subject Matter

Final Date forImplementation

Means of Implementation

Target Transposition Date

95/26/EC

Directive amending directives in the Financial Supervision area with a view to reinforcing prudential supervision (BCCI)

18-07-1996

As part of the S.I. to implement amendments effecting the UCITS directive

03-1999

98/78/EC

Supplementary supervision of Insurance undertakings in an Insurance Group

05-06-2000

S.I.

05-06-2000

98/69/EC

Motor vehicles type approval

28-09-1999

S.I.

29-09-1999

98/77/EC

Motor vehicles type approval

31-12-1998

S.I.

End-February 1999

97/23/EC

Pressure equipment

29-05-1999

S.I.

29-05-1999

97/4/EC

Quantitive ingredient listing (amends Principal Food Labelling Directive 79/112/EEC)

The Directive does not include a specific date by which it must be implemented into national law but trade in conforming products must be permitted by August 1998. Trade in non-conforming products must be prohibited no later than 14th February 2000

S.I.

Work is progressing on Regulations with a view to transposing the Directive as quickly as possible

98/27/EC

Injunction for the protection of consumers interests

End December 2000

S.I.

End December 2000

98/6/EC

Indication of the prices of products offered to consumers (Unit Pricing)

18-03-2000

S.I.

18-03-2000

97/7/EC

Protection of consumers in respect of distant contracts (Distance Selling)

04-06-2000

S.I.

04-06-2000

97/55/EC

Comparative advertising

23-04-2000

S.I.

23-04-2000

98/7/EC

Methods by which annual percentage rates (APR) shall be calculated (amends Principal Directive 87/102/EEC

01-04-2000

S.I.

01-04-2000

92/100/EEC

Rental and Lending right and on certain rights related to Copyright in the Field of Intellectual Property

01-07-1994

Primary legislation as part of the Copyright and related Rights Bill due to be published shortly

During course of 1999

96/9/EC

Harmonisation of protection for Databases in the EU

01-01-1998

Primary legislation as part of the Copyright and related Rights Bill due to be published shortly

During course of 1999

93/83/EEC

Co-ordination of Certain rules Concerning Copyright and Rights related to Copyright applicable to Satellite Broadcasting and cable Retransmission

01-01-1995

Primary legislation as part of the Copyright and related Rights Bill due to be published shortly

During course of 1999

Directive

Subject Matter

Final Date forImplementation

Means of Implementation

Target Transposition Date

98/71/EC

Legal Protection of Designs

28-10-2001

Primary legislation as part of the Copyright and related Rights Bill due to be published shortly

During 1999

98/44/EC

Protection of Biotechnological Inventions

30-07-2000

S.I.

July 2000

96/71/EC

Posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services

16-12-1999

Primary legislation

December 1999

97/81/EC

Framework agreement on part-time work concluded by UNICE, CEEP and the ETUC

20-01-2000

Primary legislation

January 2000

98/29/EC

Harmonisation of main provisions concerning export credit insurance in transactions with medium and long-term cover provided under state Export Credit Schemes

01-04-1999

S.I.

March 1999

98/50/EC

Amending directive 77/187/EEC approximation of laws relating to safeguarding of employees rights in the event of transfer of undertakings, business or parts of business

17-07-2001

To be decided

93/98/EEC

Harmonising the term of Protection of Copyright and Certain Related Rights (Article 2.1 only)

01-07-1999

As part of the Copyright and Related Rights Bill due to be published shortly

*The Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Bill – enabling Ireland to ratify the UN Convention on the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road – has now been signed. The implementation of Council Directives 94/55/EC and 95/50/EC will be completed by Regulations to be made under the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Act.