On February 15 2017, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion (second step of the infringement process) to Italy for not having transposed properly the EU Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Directive 2010/63/EU). Already in April 2016, a letter of formal notice was sent to Italy by the EU Commission. If the Italian authorities fail to act within two months, the case may be referred to the Court of Justice of the EU.
This Directive, which should have been enacted into national law by 10 November 2012, ensures a high level of animal welfare while safeguarding the proper functioning of the internal market. It also aims to minimise the number of animals used in experiments and requires alternatives to be used where possible. Italy had enacted the Directive in March 2014; however, a number of points of non-conformity need to be addressed. On certain aspects, the Italian law remains below the animal welfare standards set out by the Directive, while Italy invokes its allegedly higher standards on other issues, which can disturb the proper functioning of the internal market.
Article 5(2) of Directive 98/58/EC requires the Commission to submit a report to the Council based on the experience gained by Member States since its implementation.
Commission Decision 2006/778/EC lays down provisions concerning minimum requirements for collecting information during inspections of production sites on which certain animals are kept for farming purposes. Its annexes contain tables of the requirements to be checked with regard to non-compliance. Under this Decision, Member States have been obliged to send the Commission annual reports since June 2009. Also, recital (9) of this Decision indicates that "the collection of data on animal welfare inspections is essential for the Community to evaluate the impact of its policy in this field".
The EU Animal Welfare Strategy 2012-2015 identifies lack of enforcement of EU legislation as one of the main problems affecting the welfare of animals. In addition the report to the Council on the implementation of Council Directive 98/58/EC of 20 July 1998 concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes provides valuable insight into areas of enforcement.
Whole report can be found in here.
14 November 2013
Britta Reimers (ALDE)
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On November 5 2013, the European Citizen Initiative "stop vivestion" has collected the 1,000,000 signatures required. The ECI launched in June 2012 aimed to "urge the European Commission to abrogate directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and to present a new proposal that does away with animal experimentation and instead makes compulsory the use – in biomedical and toxicological research – of data directly relevant for the human species".
This is the first ECI that may be submitted to the EU Commission.
The European Citizen Initative (ECI) is a new tool of the Lisbon Treaty, and it has been officialy launched in 2012. It permits to 1 million citizen, from at least 7 different Member States to submit to the European Commission an official ask to act on a EU relevant topic.
More information on http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/initiatives/finalised/details/2012/000007
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17 September 2013
Julie Girling (ECR)
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13 May 2013
Philippe Boulland (PPE)
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