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Commission's answer and follow-up
Title: Stop vivisection
Current status: Answered
Commission registration number: ECI(2012)000007
Date of registration: 22/06/2012
Registration language: EN / Other languages available: BG CS DA DE EL EN ES ET FI FR GA HR HU IT LT LV MT NL PL PT RO SK SL SV

Stop Vivisection was submitted to the Commission on 03/03/2015, having gathered 1,173,130 statements of support. See press release.

The organisers met with European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness and Director-General Karl Falkenberg, responsible for DG Environment, on 11/05/2015. See press release.

A public hearing took place at the European Parliament on 11/05/2015.

Answer of the European Commission:

Decision date: 03/06/2015
Official documents related to the decision:

·         Communication

·         Annex


The Commission adopted a Communication on 03/06/2015 setting out the actions it intends to take in response to the initiative Stop Vivisection. See press release.

As announced in the Communication, the European Commission organised a scientific conference in Brussels on 6-7 December 2016 to engage the scientific community and relevant stakeholders in a debate on how to exploit cutting edge advances in biomedical and other research in the development of scientifically valid non-animal approaches (alternatives to animal testing).

 On the occasion of the conference, the Commission reported on the progress made in implementing the follow-up actions to the initiative Stop Vivisection. See the conference report (point 5, pp. 16-20).

Other information:

On 18 April 2017, the European Ombudsman issued a decision concerning the initiative Stop Vivisection.