European Citizens Initiative


The European Citizens' Initiative allows 1 million citizens from at least a quarter of EU member states to ask the European Commission to propose legislation in areas that fall within its competence. Organisers of successful initiatives are invited to present their initiative at a public hearing in the European Parliament, before the legislative committee responsible for the subject matter. On this page you will find all the available information relating to hearings on citizens’ initiatives.

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11-05-2015 - Stop Vivisection: European Citizens' Initiative public hearing

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Stop Vivisection: European Citizens' Initiative public hearing

A public hearing on the "Stop Vivisection" European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) was hosted by the European Parliament in order to provide a platform for debate for Members, the general public, the ECI's supporters and experts in the field. The ECI aims to repeal the Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and asks the European Commission to present a new proposal that does away with animal experimentation.

Following "One of Us" and "Right2Water", "Stop Vivisection" is the third European Citizens' Initiative hearing taking place in Parliament and the first to which external experts have been invited.

The initiative's organisers, André Ménache, Gianni Tamino and Claude Reiss, had the possibility to present their views, followed by Mr Greek of AFMA (Americans for Medical Advancement), Ms McIvor of Humane Society International and Nobel Prize winner Ms Barré-Sinoussi.

The hearing was organised by the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development in association with the Committee on Petitions, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. It was held in Brussels on 11.05.15.

Location : European Parliament, József Antall building room 4Q2, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels

Public hearing


      Stop Vivisection (Ray Greek)
      Meeting the objective: Full replacement of procedures on live animals (Emily Mcivor)