On 23 December 2009 the Commission adopted the Decision on the renewal of the mandate of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (2010/1/EU). The text of the Decision is available here
More information and comments are available on the Commissioner's blog.
The EGE held its 30th meeting on 16-17 December in Brussels in order to finalize their Opinion on the ethics of modern developments in agriculture technologies, which was adopted by unanimity on 17th December Agenda Press release
The EGE organized a public Roundtable on 18 June to promote a open dialogue between parties representing different stakeholders groups dealing with moder development of agricultural technolofies. The debate was very open and vivid. Around 90 participants attended, including experts of the field, farmers associations, consumers associations, chemical industry associations, animal breeding associations, scientists, non ecumenical religious groups, EU national ethics committees, expert of the fields, etc.). (Agenda ) (videos - 18/06/2008: part1 / part2 / part3 / part4 ). Presentations were made by: Dr R. Raina ("Modern agricultural technologies - Ethics, policy choices and the IAASTD findings", Centre for Policy Research New Delhi, presentation 1 ), Dr K. Jensen ("Food production and sustainability", University of Copenhagen, presentation 2 ), Dr G. Eberz ("Innovative Agriculture Helps to Meet Basic Needs of Life", Bayer Crop Science, presentation 3 ), Dr W. Gruissem ("New Technologies and Agriculture for the Future", EPSO, presentation 4 ), Dr E. Dresin ("Strengthening Consumer Health Through Sustainability", FWW Europe, presentation 5 ), Dr M. E. Millstone ("Agriculture and environmental protection", University of Sussex, presentation 6 ), Dr C. Then ("The Industrial Gene Paradigm and its [Ethical] Implications", consultant for Greenpeace, presentation 7 ) and Dr N. Moll ("Ecologically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture: the role of GMOs", EuropaBio, presentation 8 );
The EGE held its 26th meeting on 17 June in Brussels in order to prepare their next Opinion on the ethics of modern developments in agriculture technologies (Agenda );
The EGE held its 25th meeting on 20-21 May in Brussels. In order to prepare their next Opinion on the ethics of modern developments in agriculture technologies (Agenda ). As a follow up on Opinion 23 (recommendations on FP7 hESC research projects) the EGE met with representatives of the European human stem cells registry. The invited speakers from the above registry presented the organisation and work of the registry to the Group (Dr A. Veiga - Scientific goals of the European hESC registry, Centre de Medicina Regenerativa de Barcelona, presentation , Dr J. Boerstlap - Technical features of the European hESC registry, Charité University Medicine Berlin presentation , Dr G. Stacey - "Code of practise", UK-StemCellBank presentation , Dr A. Kurtz - "Ethical compliance", BCRT/Charité University Medicine Berlin presentation ;
The EGE held its 24th meeting on 15-16 April in Brussels in order to prepare their next Opinion on the ethics of modern developments in agriculture technologies (Agenda ). Dr M. Cropper and Dr H. Cappellaro from DG Agriculture made a presentation on the EU Common Agriculture Policy presentation , Dr J. Vanhemelrijck (EuropaBio) made a presentation on green biotechnology and sustainability presentation , Dr P. Pesonen (Copa-Cogeca) made a presentation on consumers' perspective and Dr F. Fischler (former EU commissioner for Agriculture) made a presentation on CAP at EU and global perspective (presentation );
The EGE held its 23rd meeting on 18-19 March in Brussels. In order to prepare their next Opinion on the ethics of modern developments in agriculture technologies (Agenda 1) Dr G. Barthel (EC, DG Research) gave an overview on research on plant biotechnologies in the 7th EU Framework Programme (presentation 6);
Under the auspices of the Slovenian Presidency, the EGE, the National Medical Ethics Committee of the Republic of Slovenia (NMEC), the Forum of the National Ethics Councils (NEC Forum; clustering the Chairs of the EU 27 NECs) met in Ljubljana on February 27-28-29, 2008.
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The EGE held its 23rd meeting on 18-19 March to work on Opinion 24 on modern developments in agriculture technologies.
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Interservice platform: Agenda last meeting 12th March .
On 28th January 2008 the Chair of the EGE (Professor Göran HERMERÉN ) and 2 Rapporteurs of the EGE Opinion on ethics of animal cloning for food supply (Professor Jozef GLASA and Professor Pere PUIGDOMENÈCH ROSELL) met the EC Commissioner for Health, Dr Kyprianou. The Chair of the EGE reported on the EGE Opinion and its requests to the EC. Commissioner Kyprianou thanked the EGE for its work and addressed several concerns indicated in the EGE Opinion.
The EGE held its 21st meeting on 15-16 January 2008 in order to finalize the Opinion n° 23 on the ethical aspects of animal cloning for food supply., and prepare the next Opinion n° 24 on the ethical aspects of modern developments in agriculture with spectific attention to sustainable agriculture.
The EGE held its 20th meeting on 18-19 December in Brussels, mainly to finalize their Opinion n° 23 on the ethical aspects of animal cloning for food supply. Rapporteurs for the Opinion n° 24 on the ethical aspects of modern developments in agriculture with spectific attention to sustainable agriculture, met the previous day, on 17th December.
The EGE held its 19th meeting on 20-21 November in Brussels, and welcomed the newly nominated Member, Professor Francesco Donato Busnelli . In order to prepare their Opinion n° 23 on the ethical aspects of animal cloning for food supply, the EGE organized hearings with experts from EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) : Professor Vittorio Silano (chair of EFSA animal cloning Working Group and Chair of EFSA Scientific Committee) and Dr Juliane Kleiner (Team Leader Scientific Committee EFSA). The EGE Members also participated in the EFSA Scientific Forum entitled "From Safe Food to Healthy Diets: EU risk assessment past, present and future" .
The EGE held its 18th meeting on 10-12 October in Lisboa, during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU. In order to prepare their Opinion n° 24, the EGE invited the expert Pedro Fevereiro (Biologist, Chair of the CIB, University of Lisbon) to discuss on the issue of agri-food. Besides, the EGE Members met the President of the Republic, Professor Doutor Anibal Cavaco Silva, as well as the Minister of Science, Mariano Gago. The EGE Members met with the Portuguese National Council of Ethics for the Life Sciences (CNECV), they also held a Joint meeting with the NEC Forum and participated in the 10th NEC Forum (see Draft agenda EGE meeting 10 October - Draft agenda Joint EGE - NEC Forum meeting 11 October and 10th NEC Forum meeting 11-12 October (see also NEC Forum minutes on DG Research - Science & Society - Ethics).
The EGE held its 17th meeting on 24-26 September in Brussels. In order to prepare their next Opinion on the ethical aspects of animal cloning for food supply, the EGE organized two Roundtables on 24 and 25 September afternoons, to promote a transparent dialogue between parties representing many different interests. These debates were very fruitful (around 80-100 participants), involving individual high-level experts, representatives of European institutions and other international institutions as well as representatives of civil society. (Agenda ) (videos - 24/09/2007: part 1 / part 2 - 25/09/2007: part 1 / part 2 ). On the same line, the public consultation on the EGE website, carried out from 23 July to 30 September (what is in your opinion the main ethical concern about animal cloning for food supply? - What do you think should be done at EU level?), was very successful (more than 800 contributions received).
Besides, the EGE members met with experts in order to prepare their next Opinion n°23 on the ethical aspects of animal cloning for food supply: Dr Jan Merks, President of FABRE TP, Sustainable Farm Animal Breeding Technology Platform, Oosterbeek (NL) on " The European Perspective for Livestock Cloning " The EGE Members also met with Dr Patrick Hetsch and Dr Eric White, from the Commission's DG Legal Service, in order to discuss on "Community law issues on animal cloning for food supply", and "the legal issues on animal cloning for food supply in the WTO context".
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Besides, the EGE organized on 21 September a joint meeting with the representatives of the NEC Forum, followed by the Eighth European Forum of National Ethics Councils (NEC Forum). (Draft agenda )