To date, there is no legally binding definition of the terms “vegan” and “vegetarian”, neither at EU level nor at member state level.
In 2011, the European legislator mandated the European Commission to issue an implementing act that sets out which foods are suitable for vegans and vegetarians (Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011).
The EVU calls for politicians and EU institutions to become aware that a definition is needed for people in Europe to make informed choices on what they buy as well as for producers and retailers.
For the past five years, the Commission has failed to fulfill its duty. In reaction to the inactivity of the Commission, there have been efforts on the member state level. Recently, there has been an important breakthrough in Germany, sending a strong signal to Brussels.
For more information, refer to the documents below.Download EVU Information Definition October 2016 (pdf) Download EVU Position Paper Definition FIC May 2016 (pdf)