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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 19 May 1999

Vol. 505 No. 1

Written Answers. - International Multilateral Agreements.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

142 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Finance the proposed international multilateral agreements under the auspices of his Department being negotiated or prepared; the international organisation, if any, in each case through whose machinery the agreement is being negotiated; if it is proposed to ratify or accede to the agreement if adopted; if so, if legislation will be required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13185/99]

The following is the reply to the Deputy's question.

Title

International Organisation Involved

Whether it is proposed to ratify/accede

Legislation required

Revision of the International Convention on the simplification and harmonisation of Customs procedures (Kyoto Convention)

World Customs Organisation

Yes

No

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

143 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Finance the international multilateral agreements under the auspices of his Department which have not been signed by the State; the date and place it was opened for signature in each case; the international organisation, if any, through whose machinery the agreement was negotiated; if it is proposed to sign the agreement; if so, when; if legislation is required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13200/99]

The following agreement is being concluded between Ireland and the EU Commission.

A framework agreement concerning the provision of national experts under twinning covenants applied to institution building, funded by the PHARE programme.

This agreement will be between Ireland and the EU Commission. The agreement has not been signed by Ireland to date, although the final draft of the agreement has been agreed between both parties. It is expected that this agreement will be signed in the near future. Similar agreements are being concluded between the EU Commission and the other EU member states.

No further legislation will be required to enable the enactment of the provisions of this agreement.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

144 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Finance the international multilateral agreements under the auspices of his Department which have been signed but not ratified or acceded to by the State; the date and place it was opened for signature in each case; the international organisation, if any, through whose machinery the agreement was negotiated; if it is proposed to ratify or accede to the agreement; if so, when; if legislation is required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13215/99]

The following is a table of the international multilateral agreements under the auspices of my Department as requested.

Agreement has been reached on the 12th replenishment of the International Development Association, IDA, and the Government will be introducing legislation in due course to enable Ireland to contribute £20 million over the period 2000-2005.

Title

Date and Place of Signature

International Organisation Involved

Whether it is proposed to ratify

If so, when

Convention drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union on the use of information technology for customs purposes

26 July 1995 at Brussels

Council of the European Union

Yes

By end 1999

Agreement on the provisional application between certain member states of the European Union of the convention drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union on the use of information technology for customs purposes

26 July 1995 at Brussels

Council of the European Union

Yes

By end 1999

Protocol drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union on the interpretation by way of preliminary rulings by the Court of Justice of the European Communities of the Convention on the use of information technology for customs purposes

29 November 1996 at Brussels

Council of the European Union

Yes

By end 1999

Protocol drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union on the scope of the laundering of proceeds in the Convention on the use of information technology for customs purposes and the inclusion of the registration number of the means of transport in the Convention

12 March 1999 at Brussels

Council of the European Union

Yes

By end 1999

Convention drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union on mutual assistance and co-operation between customs administrations

18 December 1997 at Brussels

Council of the European Union

Yes

By end 1999

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