408. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of times he meets the CEOs of the major State companies and agencies under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20076/18 asked on 08 May 2018)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department’s remit includes complex policy areas, oversight of State regulation and service provision across key strategic services such as energy, environment, climate change and public broadcasting, as well as regulation of sectors such as mining and hydrocarbon exploration. In this context there are 6 commercial State bodies, 8 non-commercial State bodies and 3 regulators, under the aegis of my Department.

With regard to the commercial and non-commercial State Bodies, my Department currently oversees the governance of those bodies to ensure they are fully compliant with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and the governance functions included in the statutory framework underpinning individual bodies. My Department also ensures that the State Bodies act in a manner consistent with current Government policy and that compliance obligations, reporting procedures and assurance arrangements are all adhered to. The Department is supported by NewEra in exercising corporate governance functions in respect of the bodies designated under the National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Act, 2014.

With regard to the regulators, they have all been established on a statutory basis and are independent in the exercise of their respective functions. Appropriate corporate governance arrangements are in place to ensure that the regulators comply with, insofar as applicable and having regard to the binding requirements of EU and national law, the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, related Government policy and all other governance functions within the various statutory frameworks underpinning them.

As a matter for course I, as Minister, meet with the CEO’s of the Agencies under the aegis of my Department as the need arises.