453. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if Ireland has fully transposed the EU Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA; if not, the provisions of this legislation yet to be transposed; when it is planned to do same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18617/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime was fully transposed into Irish national law by the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017. The Bill completed passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas on 26 October 2017 and was signed into law by the President on 5 November 2017. The majority of provisions were commenced in November 2017 and the remaining provisions were commenced by 30 May 2018.
My Department received a reasoned opinion from the European Commission on 8 November 2018 concerning the notification of measures for the transposal into national law of Directive 2012/29/EU. A detailed response, addressing the various points raised in the reasoned opinion and confirming the position that full transposition had taken place, issued to the European Commission on 7 January 2019.