Wednesday 23 April 2014
Advertise  |  Subscribe  |  Register  | 

Close

About cookies: we use cookies to support features like login and sharing articles. Keep cookies enabled to enjoy the full site experience. By browsing our site with cookies enabled, you are agreeing to their use. Review our cookies information for more details.

Borg takes the right line on animal testing

By Michelle Thew   -  20.12.2012 / 03:40 CET
European Coalition to End Animal Experiments back Borg

Tonio Borg's appointment as European commissioner for health and consumer policy has attracted differing views (“MEPs back Borg”, 22-28 November). We at the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments have welcomed Mr Borg's appointment given his commitment to ensure that the agreed deadline to end the import and sale of animal-tested cosmetics comes into force without delay or exceptions.

Commissioner Borg (pictured below) has said that it would be detrimental to make derogations. We agree.

In the EU, testing cosmetics on animals has been prohibited since 2009 – so why should countries outside of the European Union that continue this practice be allowed to import animal-tested products into the EU? It is also important that messages sent by the EU to industry are credible.

Animal testing for cosmetics is a subject that has been debated in the EU for more than two decades. There is considerable public support for an end to the use of animals in the testing of cosmetics (our ‘no cruel cosmetics' petition, for example, was signed by a quarter of a million people). The European Parliament clearly voted in favour of a marketing ban on animal-tested cosmetics and has continued to express support for it to come into force in March 2013. It is time to implement the clearly stated will of the European Union.


© 2014 European Voice. All rights reserved.
Varrow

Most viewed in EU governance

Barroso's reshuffle You need an active subscription to read this article

What European Voice thinks of yesterday's reassignment of commissioners.

News_Barroso

Greens condemn three-party election deal You need an active subscription to read this article

Parliament's three main parties say next Commission president must be one of their candidates.

EU flag cameras

Six commissioners to take ‘electoral leave' You need an active subscription to read this article

A commissioner who is elected and decides to take up the seat must resign from the Commission by the end of June.

Commission
letters_borg_201212

Related articles

Barnier's head of cabinet will move to internal market role instead of competition post.

Profile of Jos Delbeke – director-general for climate action.

Parliament's three main parties say next Commission president must be one of their candidates.

What European Voice thinks of yesterday's reassignment of commissioners.

A commissioner who is elected and decides to take up the seat must resign from the Commission by the end of June.

Advertisement

Comments

 

Your comment
Please note: The fields followed by an asterisk (*) are obligatory fields

Comment*

Name*
E-mail*
Website

Please, copy the code on the left into the box on the right

 I accept the Terms & conditions
 I would like to share my e-mail & website

Advertisement

Cookies info | Privacy policy | Terms & conditions