Third Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the Statistics on the Number of Animals Used for Experimental and Other Scientific Purposes in the Member States of the E

January 24, 2003

Brussels, 23 Jan 2003

REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
THIRD REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON THE STATISTICS ON THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS USED FOR EXPERIMENTAL AND OTHER SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES IN THE MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
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I. INTRODUCTION

The objective of this report is to present to the Council and the European Parliament, in accordance with Article 26 of Directive 86/609/EEC 1, the statistical data on the number of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes in the Member States of the EU.

The first Report, COM (94) 195 final, published in 1994, covered data on animals used for experimental purposes in 1991 in the Member States of the Community.

The second Report, COM (1999) 191 final, was published 1999 and covered data from the Member States from 19962.

At the end of 1997, the Commission services reached an agreement with the authorities of the Member States to submit data on animals used for experimental purposes in a standardized format constituted by a set of eight harmonized statistical tables. Because the data had already been collected for 1996, only a few Member States were able to submit data in the new agreed format for the second Report.

For the third Report, Member States agreed to submit the data from 1999, as far as possible, in the format of the above mentioned eight harmonized statistical tables. In this report these tables will be referred to as EU Tables. Apart from Germany, due to an amendment, which was needed in the existing federal law, fourteen Member States submitted data in accordance with the EU Tables.

Brussels, 22.01.2003 COM(2003) 19 final    

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