The Minister for Transport, Mr. Noel Dempsey, T.D., today announced his intention to amalgamate the Commission for Aviation Regulation and the regulatory functions of the Irish Aviation Authority with the planned new National Transport Authority and to bring forward legislation in that regard at an early date. Details of the proposed National Transport Authority are contained in the Public Transport Regulation Bill which has recently been published.
Speaking today, the Minister acknowledged the significance of the announcement stating “the decision to bring together the key transport regulators in this way is a very tangible example of the Government’s commitment to ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of Ireland’s economic regulatory environment”. More detailed proposals to give effect to the announcement are being developed and will be made available shortly.
The intended amalgamation fits well with the wide range of actions set out in the Government Statement on Economic Regulation which was launched today by the Taoiseach. The Statement covers issues such as: governance and accountability arrangements; suitability of structures and scrutiny of expenditure and consumer and industry consultation and offers a framework for the development of economic regulation in Ireland.
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