Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Ceisteanna (25)

James Browne

Ceist:

25. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if an application has been submitted to the European Commission to designate Rosslare Europort as a designated border inspection posts in preparation for the possibility of the UK becoming a third country with the EU in 2019 in a no-deal Brexit scenario; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5466/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Officials from my Department are currently working on a submission that will be sent to the European Commission to facilitate the listing of Rosslare Port as a border inspection post in the relevant European legislation. Rosslare Port will be listed for the importation of animal products and live animals.

This submission comes as a result of the work that my Department has been undertaking to assess the infrastructure requirements at ports and airports that handle consignments of plants, animals, plant and animal products from the United Kingdom. This work is part of a co-ordinated Government wide approach involving the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Department of Health and the Office of Public Works.

The Commission has requested that this submission be with the relevant officials on or before the 15th of February and my officials are working to this deadline.