European Vegetarian Union

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European Vegetarian Union (EVU)
European Vegetarian Union Logo.svg
Founded 1988
Type Non-profit organisation
Non-governmental organisation
Focus Vegetarianism
Origins Hilversum, The Netherlands
Area served
Product Business development, standards organisation
200 members from 30 countries
Owner Members of The European Vegetarian Union (EVU)
Key people
Renato Pichler
Effective region Worldwide
Effective since 1995[1]
Product category Food label
Legal status Consumer recognised

The European Vegetarian Union (EVU) is a non-profit, non-governmental umbrella organisation for vegetarian societies and groups in Europe. The union works in the areas of vegetarianism, nutrition, health, consumer protection, the campaign for animal rights, ecology, general information and against world hunger. Headquarters are in Winterthur (Switzerland), together with the Swiss organisation Swissveg.



The main activities of the EVU are:

  • To support and represent member societies on a European level, and to offer a platform for close cooperation;
  • To raise public awareness of, and promote vegetarianism, vegetarian issues and the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle;
  • To lobby governments, European institutions and organisations for greater recognition of vegetarian issues in policy decisions; and
  • To further promote the successful V-label scheme (Universal Vegetarian Symbol), in the interest of all vegetarian and vegan consumers across Europe and the rest of the world. The V-Label is a standardised European vegetarian label from the EVU with the aim of easy identification of vegetarian products and services.

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Animal protection movements[edit]

Overview about Vegetarianism[edit]


  1. ^ "CH-440.4.021.134 V-Label GmbH". Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Devour the Earth". World Preservation Foundation. Archived from the original on 2013-01-07.
  3. ^ "Devour the Earth". EVU. Archived from the original on 2013-10-14.
  4. ^ Renato Pichler "The French Government Outlaws Vegetarianism in Schools" Archived October 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., European Vegetarian Union (EVU). *Also see "The French Government Outlaws Vegetarianism in Schools", European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance (EVANA).

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