133. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to transpose European Union Directive 2013/33 into law before the transposition deadline 20 July 2015. [17086/15]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In June 2013 the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament adopted measures to complete the second phase of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). Included in the measures adopted were recasts of the Directives dealing with reception conditions, procedures for the processing of applications and the qualification and status of persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection.
Measures relating to the CEAS are covered by Protocol No 21, annexed to the Treaty of European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice. Ireland is not bound by EU instruments in this area but may opt-in to any it wishes to.
Ireland did not opt-in to Directive 2013/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection.