Written Answers - Waste Management.

Thursday, 29 April 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 584 No. 4

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  49.  Ms McManus  Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   if he expects that the Environment Council will complete consideration of the draft revised regulations to Government waste shipments, prior to the conclusion of the Irish Presidency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12211/04]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Gallagher): Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher  Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher  It has been an important objective of the Irish EU Presidency to advance [1097]discussions on the European Commission’s proposal for a revised regulation to govern waste shipments. The proposed regulation was published in June 2003. There have been substantial discussions on the matter since the beginning of this year, including a debate on a number of key points at last month’s Environment Council. It remains my objective to conclude these discussions in time to facilitate the reaching of a political agreement on the regulation at the June 2004 Environment Council.

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