Dáil Éireann - Volume 432 - 15 June, 1993

Written Answers. - EC Directives.

145. Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry if his attention has been drawn to any EC action within his area of departmental responsibility against this State in respect of the failure of the State to transpose into Irish law an EC Directive; if so, if he will give details of each such directive; the purpose of the directive; and the reason for his Department's failure to transpose it into domestic Irish law to date.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. J. Walsh): Details of EC Directives in respect of which “reasoned opinions” have been received from the EC Commission or which are the subject of European Court of Justice proceedings are set out in the following tabular statement. Over 100 directives have fallen to be transposed by my Department over the past four to five years, the vast majority of which have been transposed. However, as the Deputy will appreciate, [738] the drafting of such legislation is a complex and time consuming operation which requires a high degree of consultation between my Department, the Office of the Parliamentary Draftsman and the Office of the Attorney General. Work is progressing on the outstanding directives and every effort will be made to finalise their transposition as soon as possible.

EC Directives




The acceptance for breeding purposes of pure-bred breeding animals of the bovine species.

88/407 and 90/120

Laying down the animal health requirements applicable to intra-Community trade in and imports of deep-frozen semen of domestic animals of bovine species and amendment.


Laying down requirements for the production and trade in minced meat, meat in pieces and meat preparations.


Health problems affecting intra-Community trade in meat products.


Zootechnical standards for breed-ing animals of the porcine species.


Promotion of the breeding of sheep and goats by encouraging the use of pure-bred animals and liberalising intra-Community trade.


Animal health conditions governing intra-Community trade and importation from 3rd Countries of embryos of domestic animals of the bovine species.


Harmonising rules within the Community for the acceptance of pure-bred breeding pigs for breeding.


Liberalisation of intra-Community trade in hybrid breeding pigs for breeding.


Removal of restrictions on intra-Community trade in equidae intended for participation in competitions.


Health requirements applicable to intra-Community trade and imports of semen in domestic animals of porcine species.


Laying down the veterinary rules for the disposal and processing of animal waste, for prevention of pathogens in feeding stuffs of animal or fish origin and amending Directive 90/425.