Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Ceisteanna (327)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

327. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she will request that the EU cultural and energy directorates maintain the exemption (details supplied) afforded to all stage lighting equipment from legislations which would prohibit their manufacturing and sale. [21422/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is responsible for the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive and associated Implementing Measures into Irish law.

The European Commission is working on a single lighting regulation under the Ecodesign Directive framework. The proposed regulation is intended to replace the existing Ecodesign Lighting Regulations 244/2009, 245/2009 and 1194/2012.

The EU regulatory process to develop the proposal is ongoing and involves significant stakeholder consultation. Exemptions for several specialist lighting applications, including stage lighting, and how best to define these exemptions without creating loopholes to the regulation, are being considered by the EU as part of this process.

It is expected that the regulation will be adopted by the EU Commission towards the end of 2018.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is fully aware of the concerns raised in relation to changes to the status of exemptions for specialist lighting applications. The Department continues to monitor the progress of the draft regulation and is represented at meetings between the European Commission and Member States on the proposal.