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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Dummies guide to... EU law

The Government must outline “funding certainty and long-term stability” for Irish Water in order to comply with the EU’s Water Framework Directive Photo: Reuters
The Government must outline “funding certainty and long-term stability” for Irish Water in order to comply with the EU’s Water Framework Directive Photo: Reuters
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Some experts have warned that the recommendations in the report may not be enough to satisfy the European Commission that Ireland takes water conservation seriously.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney will lean heavily on the Attorney General while compiling legislation to give effect to the measures put forward by the committee.

The report cites a number of key initiatives that the committee's legal advisers said should help ensure Ireland is not subjected to massive EU fines.

The Government must outline "funding certainty and long-term stability" for Irish Water in order to comply with the EU's Water Framework Directive. All money given to the utility "must be clearly identifiable within existing taxation to meet the cost of domestic water services".

The key test will be whether the EU accepts that the application of "levies" for "excess use of water in order to dissuade users from wastage" is enough to argue that the 'polluter pays principle' is in place.

Irish Independent

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