Minister Noel Treacy pleased with progress made in relation to transposition of EU directives.
The Minister for European Affairs, Mr.Noel Treacy T.D., today responded to the publication of the latest EU Internal Market Score Board, which monitors EU Member States' performance in the transposition and implementation of EU legislation.
Minister Treacy said:
“Ireland's position of 12th on the Internal Score Board is a credible performance. The EU Heads of State and Government have set a transposition deficit target of 1.5%. Ireland is very close to achieving the target with a deficit of 1.6%.”
“In July 2004, Ireland had a deficit in the transposition of legislation of just 1.2%. This rose to 2.1% in January 2005, fell back to 1.9% in March 2005 and has now fallen again to 1.6%.”
“The steady decline in the deficit over the past six months is the result of an intense effort by all Departments to bring our deficit back under the EU target of 1.5%. We will continue this effort in the coming months with the objective of bringing the deficit under 1.5% as soon as possible.”
“I am particularly pleased with Ireland's progress in relation to the transposition of the Financial Services Action Plan Directives. Only two financial services Directives are awaiting transposition in Ireland.”
“Overall the July 2005 Internal Market Scoreboard shows a strong improvement in transposition throughout the EU. Many Member States who were far behind Ireland have now caught up with us. The average transposition deficit for the fifteen pre-enlargement Member States is 2.1% which is the second best result since monitoring started in 1995. This result shows that strong political will, supported by well-targeted improvements in the national transposition system deliver encouraging results.”
“The Government is strongly committed to the early and effective transposition of EU legislation. We have recently announced that we will apply Regulatory Impact Assessments to the transposition of complex EU legislation to ensure that transposition does not increase the regulatory burden.”
“We are also determined to deal with all infringement proceedings taken against Ireland by the EU Commission as a matter of urgency. Ireland is in the 10th place (out of the EU 15) in the number of infringement proceedings taken against us for failure to transpose or effectively implement EU legislation.”
“The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. Dick Roche T.D., has established a Task Force to resolve the infringement proceedings against Ireland in the environment area as speedily as possible and without further recourse to the Court of Justice.”