A ban on the sale in Europe of cosmetics produced overseas using animal testing is due to come into force in March 2013. According to media reports, Health Commissioner John Dalli wants to permit exemptions to the total ban on these cosmetic products, including those manufactured outside the EU, thereby postponing the date for the ban (March 2013) to a later date.
1. Does the Commission really intend to postpone the implementation deadline of March 2013?
2. Why are alternatives to animal testing that are already available not permitted?
3. How does the Commission justify such disregard for existing legislation?
4. What special exemptions is the Commission planning?