Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Ceisteanna (141)

Niamh Smyth


141. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the public consultations held by her Department in 2018 and to date in 2019; the date on which such consultations were held by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50441/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

As a matter of routine, my Department has ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders on a wide range of policy issues. As regards public consultations, these are generally carried out online and at national level rather than in specific locations around the country. Details of public consultations carried out during the period in question are set out in the following tables.

Additionally, and in accordance with legislative requirements, the Labour Court requests submissions from interested parties in respect of the establishment of Joint Labour Committees and the review of pay and pension and sick pay entitlements of workers in a particular sector (Sectoral Employment Order). In 2018 the Labour Court conducted a review of each Joint Labour Committee under section 41A Industrial Relations Act, 1946 which requires the Court to carry out such a review at least once every five years. The Court published a notice in national newspapers on 16 March 2018, advising that the Court was carrying out a review and inviting written submissions in respect of the review. From time to time, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) also carries out consultations with stakeholders in relation to the services they provide.


Public Consultation


Consultation on Proposed Centres for Research Training (CRT)

March 2018

Closing date for submissions 20th April 2018

EU Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with Australia

30/07/18 -21/09/18

EU Free Trade Agreement Negotiations with New Zealand

30/07/18 -21/09/18

Call for views in response to Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services [COM (2018) 238 final]

25 May 2018

Consultation on Proposed Centres for Research Training (CRT)

March 2018

Closing date for submissions 20th April 2018

Stakeholder Consultation on the EU Proposal to establish ‘Horizon Europe’, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027

24 July 2018

Public Consultation on the Transposition of Directive (EU) 2017/828 amending Directive 2007/36/EC as regards the encouragement of long-term shareholder engagement (Shareholders’ Rights Directive)

4 December 2017 - 9 February 2018

Goods Package Proposal

6th – 30 March 2018

Call for views in response to Draft EU Directive on Unfair Trading Practices in Business to Business Relationships in the Food Supply Chain

25th April 2018 – 1st June 2018

Call for views in response to Draft EU Directive on Representative Actions for the Protection of the Collective Interests of Consumers

3rd May 2018 – 15th June 2018

Call for views on Proposed EU Directive on the Better Enforcement and Modernisation of EU Consumer Protection Rules

16th May 2018 – 29th June 2018

European Commission proposal for a Directive on cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions of companies

29th May 2018 – 02 July 2018

Consultation on gift voucher fees and expiry dates

19th July 2018 – 31st August 2018

Review of the provisions of the Casual Trading Act 1995 and the Occasional Trading Act 1979

8th August 2018 – 31st October 2018


Public Consultation


Public consultation on the transposition of Directive (EU) 2019/790 of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market and amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC (Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market)

September 2019

Public Consultation on the Limited Partnerships Act 1907

18 January 2019 – 01 March 2019

Furniture Fire Regulations

14 November 2019 - 28 February 2020

Public Consultation on the Registration of Business Names Act 1963.

8th July 2019 – 10th September 2019