Dáil Éireann - Volume 492 - 16 June, 1998

Written Answers. - International Agreements.

242. Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the international agreements under the auspices of his Department which, as of 1 June 1998, have not been signed by the State and which it is proposed that the State should sign or become a party to; the international organisation, if any, responsible for the agreement in each case; the date and place each agreement was adopted or opened for signature; and when it is proposed to sign each agreement or become a party to it. [13968/98]

Minister for the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Dempsey): The information requested is set out in the following table: [931] [932]

Agreement

Date and Place Opened for Signature

International Organisation

Proposed Action

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

17 March 1992 Helsinki

UN/ECE

Arrangements being made to deposit Ireland's Instrument of Accession to the Convention

Protocol to the 1997 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution concerning the control of emissions of volatile organic compounds or their transboundary fluxes

18 November 1991 New York

United Nations

Signature is contingent on the implementation of a number of EU Directives in relation to VOCs.

Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

25 June 1998 Aarhuus

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE)

Subject to Government approval, it is intended to sign Convention on 25 June

Draft Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants to the Geneva Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution

24 June 1998 Aarhuus

UN/ECE

Subject to Government approval, it is intended to sign Protocol on 24 June

Draft Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants to the Geneva Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution

24 June 1998 Aarhuus

UN/ECE

Subject to Government approval, it is intended to sign Protocol on 24 June