Dáil Éireann - Volume 668 - 20 November, 2008

Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Deputy Liz McManus asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number, in respect of EU directives for which her Department has responsibility, remaining to be implemented; the directives that are overdue; the number of reasoned opinions received from the EU Commission since 2002 to date in 2008 regarding delays or non-implementation of such directives; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41771/08]

  Deputy Mary Coughlan: There are currently a total of eight Directives due to be transposed by my Department up to 2012. Three of these Directives are currently overdue. The first of these, Directive 2006/46/EC on company reporting, is expected to be transposed by 28 November 2008. It is intended to transpose the second and third overdue Directives, Directive 2007/45/EC on pre-packaged goods and Directive 2006/43/EC on statutory audits of annual and consolidated accounts, by 19 December 2008 and 31 December 2008, respectively. Full details of all current and recent EU Directives are maintained on the Department’s website, www.entemp.ie.

My Department has received 24 Reasoned Opinions from the European Commission relating to Directives since 2002. The outstanding issues concerning all of these Reasoned Opinions have been resolved satisfactorily.