I set out in Table 1 attached the funding paid to the named organisation in each of the years 2005 to 2015 which was available for consumer support under the Department’s vote. From 2011 onwards, funding was applicable to specific projects only and monies could only be drawn down if the organisation submitted a proposal for project funding outlining a business case, including clear performance indicators which were measurable, verifiable and timebound for said project. The Department received no such funding applications in 2011, 2014 and 2015 from the named organisation. No funding has been provided to the named organisation from 2013 to date.
Since 2016, funding available under this vote has been paid to the European Consumer Centre Ireland who have been designated as the Contact Point under Regulation EU 524/2013 on Online Dispute Resolution and as the Body to provide assistance to consumers under Regulation EU 302/2018 on Unjustified Geo-blocking. Table 2 attached sets out the funding paid in respect of this consumer support. No additional funding is available for consumer advocacy organisations under the Department’s vote.
CAI funding Attachment