Transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU and repercussions for the training of entire categories of future researchers, including biologists, pharmacists and biotechnologists

3 January 2014          

Aldo Patriciello (PPE) , Elisabetta Gardini (PPE)

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Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes has been correctly transposed in the majority of EU Member States.

Italy has passed a law that, among other things, bans the use of animals in research into harmful substances.

This law will specifically put an end to any research into the action mechanisms of harmful substances, which are becoming increasingly numerous and devastating, and into the permanent damage that they cause (for example through neonatal abstinence syndrome). More generally, research into eating disorders, such as bulimia and anorexia, will be put at risk.

The research currently being carried out into a number of harmful substances, including nicotine, is producing significant findings which are feeding into the search for new forms of treatment for severe neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Does the Commission believe that this restrictive transposition of the directive could prove seriously detrimental not only to research but also to the many patients awaiting more effective forms of cancer treatment and the cells, tissue and organs needed for regenerative medical procedures?

14 February 2014

Joint answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission
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Italy has not yet transposed Directive 2010/63/EU(1) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes into national law. This is why, on 23 January 2014, the European Commission decided to take Italy to the EU Court of Justice for having failed to ensure transposition of the directive within the prescribed deadline — by 10 November 2012 at the latest.

(1) OJ L 276, 20.10.2010.