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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 280 - Tobacco control measures [48021/14]. (16 Dec 2014)


280 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 107 to 110, inclusive, of 9 October 2014, if his Department has been consulted by the Department of Health in relation to the issues raised in the detailed opinions submitted by the EU member states; if his Department will have input into the preparation of the Department of Health response to the European Commission; if his Department shares any of the concerns raised by the EU member states; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [48021/14]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy will be aware, the Department of Health is the lead Department on the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill. Government approved the drafting of this legislation in November 2013 on the grounds of public health policy considerations. The Bill has progressed through a number of stages of enactment in the Houses of the Oireachtas having been passed by the Seanad and completing Second Stage in the Dáil on 2 October 2014. The Bill was formally notified to the Commission and to Member States under the EU Technical Standards Directive (98/34/EC) and the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) on 17 June 2014. As the Deputy has noted, detailed opinions on the proposed measures have been received from a number of Member States and these are currently being considered by officials in the Department of Health. I understand that a response is being drafted by the Department of Health taking account of observations provided by other relevant Government Departments, including my own Department.   

The Commission and Member States had until 18th September to comment or provide detailed opinions on the proposed legislative measure. For this reason, the standstill period has increased by three months, i.e. until 18th December 2014. The legislative process cannot continue until after this standstill period.

Item Type
Dail Debates
Publication Type
Irish-related
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Policy
Date
16 December 2014
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