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Activities 2005-2010

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Activities 2005-2010

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

2010

  • Under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency, the EGE held bilateral meetings with the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics and the Forum of the National Ethics Councils (NEC Forum; clustering the Chairs of the EU 27 NECs) in Brussels on 27-28 October 2010.
  • General Report on the Activities of the EGE during its 2005-2010 mandate was finalised by the Group in March. It is available here.
  • Under the auspices of the Spanish Presidency, the EGE held its 43rd working meeting, as well as bilateral meetings with the Spanish Bioethics Committee, the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) Ethics Committee, and the Forum of the National Ethics Councils (NEC Forum; clustering the Chairs of the EU 27 NECs) in Madrid on 02-03 March 2010.
  • The EGE held its 42nd meeting on 16-17 February in Brussels in order to prepare their General Report on the Activities.
  • The EGE held its 41st meeting on 19-20 January in Brussels in order to prepare their General Report on the Activities.

2009

  • The EGE held its 40th meeting on 16 December in Brussels in order to prepare their General Report on the Activities.
  • The EGE held its 39th meeting on 17-18 November in Brussels in order to finalize their Opinion n° 25 on the ethics of synthetic biology, which was adopted by unanimity on 17th November. To access the Opinion, click here.
  • The EGE held its 38th meeting on 20-21 October in Brussels in order to prepare their Opinion n° 25 on the ethical aspects of synthetic biology.
  • On 14 October 2009 the Commission adopted the Decision on the extension of the mandate of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies and of the period of appointment of its members (2009/757/EC). Both the current mandate of the EGE and the current period of appointment of the members of the EGE are extended until such time as that decision is replaced. This Decision enters into force on 21 October 2009. The text of the Decision is available here .

  • Under the auspices of the Swedish Presidency, the EGE, the Swedish Council on Medical Ethics (SMER), the Forum of the National Ethics Councils (NEC Forum; clustering the Chairs of the EU 27 NECs) met in Stockholm on 15-18 September 2009.
  • Under the auspices of the Czech Presidency, the EGE, the Czech Bioethical Commission of the Research and Development Council (CZ NEC), the Forum of the National Ethics Councils (NEC Forum; clustering the Chairs of the EU 27 NECs) met in Prague on 3-4 June 2009.
  • The EGE organized a public Roundtable on 19 May 2009 to promote a open dialogue between parties representing different stakeholders groups dealing with synthetic biology. The debate was very open and vivid. Around 70 participants attended, including experts of the field, members of the National Ethics Councils (EU 27 Member States), farmer associations, consumer organisations, coordinators of European Union funded projects on synthetic biology (SB), environment protection organisations, academics, religious groups, industries, NGOs, etc.

 

 

  • The EGE held its 32nd meeting on 17-18 February 2009 in Brussels in order to prepare their next Opinion on the ethics of
    synthetic biology.
    • Agenda
    • Hearing by Prof Antoine Danchin ( Institut pasteur ).
    • Hearing by Prof André Moya ( Valencia University ).
    • Hearing by Prof Markus Schmidt ( Organisation for International Dialogue and Conflict Management, Vienna ).
  • EGE rapporteurs met on 21st January with Commissioner for Agriculture Ms Mariann Fischer Boel, in order to officially hand in its Opinion Nr. 24 on the ethics of modern development in agriculture technologies.


    More information and comments are available on the Commissioner's blog.


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  • The EGE held its 31st meeting on 20-21 January in Brussels in order to start working on its new Opinion on the ethics of synthetic biology Agenda
    Hearing by Mr Ioannis Economidis (DG RTD)

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2008

  • 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

  • Under the auspices of the French Presidency, the EGE, the French National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE), the Forum of the National Ethics Councils (NEC Forum; clustering the Chairs of the EU 27 NECs) met in Paris on 26-27-28 November 2008.

    Draft agenda EGE-CCNE
    Agenda NEC Forum -EGE

  • The EGE held its 28th meeting on 21-22 October in Brussels in order to prepare their next Opinion on the ethics of modern developments in agriculture technologies

    - Agenda

  • The EGE held its 27th meeting on 16-17 September in Brussels in order to prepare their next Opinion on the ethics of modern developments in agriculture technologies

    - Agenda

  • 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 );

    Opening by Prof Hermerén, chair of the EGE

  • 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.
    Draft agenda EGE-NMEC SL
    Agenda NEC Forum -EGE
    Agenda NEC Forum

  • The EGE held its 23rd meeting on 18-19 March to work on Opinion 24 on modern developments in agriculture technologies.
    Draft agenda EGE

  • Interservice platform: Agenda last meeting 12th March .

  • The EGE will hold its 22nd meeting on 27-29 February 2008 in Ljubljana, during the Slovenian Presidency of the EU.(draft agenda ) programme

  • 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.


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  • 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.

    (draft agenda ) (113 Kb ) 7th UN Inter-Agency Committee on Bioethics: BEPA and the EGE Secretariat host this meeting on 28 + 29 November 2007 - draft agenda

2007

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  • 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).

    EGE - NEC Forum Joint meeting: Opening Speech português

  • 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).

  • The EGE held its 16th meeting on 19-20 June in Brussels, mainly to finalize its 22nd Opinion, which gives recommendations for the ethical review of hESC FP7 research projects. The EGE Members adopted the Opinion on 20 June 2007, which has been issued officially to the Commission on 11th July 2007. ( Opinion n° 22 787 Kb ). It will be published by the end of the year, with translated versions of the recommendations in the EU 25 languages.


    Commissaire Potocnik et GEE

    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".
    ( Draft agenda - )

  • The EGE held its 15 th meeting in Berlin during the German Presidency of the EU. On 23 rd May the EGE Members were invited in the 9 th Conference of National Ethics Committees (COMETH) focusing on Bioethics in a democratic society, and besides, they also held their usual monthly EGE meeting, mainly working on their next Opinion ( guidance for the Ethics review of research projects on human embryonic stem cells within the 7th EU Framework Program) . On 24 May the EGE organized a joint meeting with the German National Ethics Council and with the NEC Forum (9 th Forum of National Ethics Councils), which ended on 25 May. See agendas: 23 May - Joint EGE / German Nationaler Ethikrat 24 May - Cometh / Nec Forum 23-25 May in Berlin, during the German Presidency of the EU .
    Presentation at the Joint EGE_National Ethikrat meeting on 24 May, from Anne Cambon-Thomsen, EGE Member, Director of Research CNRS, UMR Inserm, University Paul Sabatier - Toulouse III, U 558, France, on: " Access and sharing: ethics and policy in biobanking " .
    See Press release from Germany
    Deutsch English français .

  • The EGE held its 14th meeting on 11-12 April in Brussels- ( Agenda . In order to prepare their next Opinion, they invited experts to discuss on the issue of animal cloning for food supply: Dr Herman Köter (Director of Science, EFSA): " Safety and animal welfare: EFSA work " ; Dr Peter Sandoe (Director of CeBRA, Danish Centre for Bioethics & Risk Assessment, KVL, DK): " Ethics and animal cloning for food supply " ; and Dr András Dinnyés (Scientist, Szent Istvan University, Hungary): " Scientific issues related to animal cloning " .
    Further to President Barroso's request (22 November 2006), the EGE is preparing its next Opinion which will be providing guidance for the Ethics review of research projects on human embryonic stem cells within the 7th EU Framework Program approved by the Council and the European Parliament.
    Further to President Barroso's request (22 November 2006), the EGE is preparing its next Opinion which will be providing guidance for the Ethics review of research projects on human embryonic stem cells within the 7th EU Framework Program approved by the Council and the European Parliament.
    More information: CORDIS News - 14/2/2007 : Potocnik calls for improvements to ethical procedure for human embryonic stem cell research.


  • The EGE held its 13 th meeting on 12-13 February in Brussels. Draft agenda .
    Commissioner Janez Potocnik, Science and Research : Speech on the political debate for the approval (co-decision) of the 7th EU Framework programme for research and development .
    Presentation from King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) on the "Outcomes of Meeting of Minds - European Citizens' Deliberation on Brain Science, with the Citizens' recommendations re the Ethics Policy for Science & Technology" , by Gerrit Rauws, Director; Tinne Vandersande, Project Coordinator; and Michael D. Rogers, KBF Consultant, Director RREL. Ltd. Risk, Ethics & Law.

  • The EGE presented its 21 st Opinion on the Ethical aspects of Nanomedicine on 24 January 2007 to President Barroso.
    Press release EN - FR - DE
    Opinion n° 21 on the ethical aspects of nanomedicine (soon available in DE)
    President Barroso's speech to the EGE

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  • The EGE held its 12th meeting on 16-17 January in Brussels, and adopted its 21 st Opinion on the ethical aspects of Nanomedicine on 17 January. ( Draft agenda ).
    Besides the EGE members heard two hearings from DG RTD in view to prepare their next Opinion on the ethical review of human embryonic stem cells: " Stem cell research financed under EU Research ", by Octavi Quintana Trias, Research Directorate General, Health Directorate; and " Integrating Ethics in EU Research " , by Jean-Michel Baer, Director DG Research, Directorate L - Science, Economy and Society.

2006

2005


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