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Mandate 2000-2005


European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies to the European Commission (EGE) Mandate 2000- 2005

On 24 April 2001 the Commission appointed the twelve Members for the period 2000-2005 and amended the EGE remit in order to strengthen the role of the Group. The secretariat of the Group is an integral part of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) (previously GOPA). During the second mandate period (2000-2005), the EGE widened the scope of its ethical analyses producing Opinions on: patenting inventions involving human stem cells, clinical research in developing countries, genetic testing in the workplace, umbilical cord blood banking, and ICT implants in the human body.


1. Purpose

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, hereafter the “Group”, shall act within the scope of the following remit.

2. Remit and request for opinions

The task of the Group shall be to advise the Commission on all ethical questions relating to sciences and new technologies, either at the request of the Commission or on its own initiative. The Parliament and the Council may draw the Commission's attention to questions which they consider of major ethical importance. The Commission shall, when seeking the opinion of the Group, set a time limit within which such opinion shall be given.

3. Composition

The Group shall have twelve members appointed for their expertise and personal qualities. It shall be independent, pluralist and multidisciplinary.

4. Appointment

The members of the Group shall be appointed by the Commission.

5. Term of office

Each member of the Group shall be appointed for a term of four years.This term shall be renewable once. A member who resigns before completion of the term of office shall be replaced for the remainder of the term in accordance with the procedure laid down in Point 4.

6. Reimbursement of expenses

Travel and subsistence expenses for the Group’s meetings shall be covered by the Commission in accordance with the relevant administrative rules.

7. Chair

The Group shall elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson from among its members for the duration of the term of office.

8. Secretariat

The Secretariat-General of the Commission, acting in close cooperation with the Group’s chairperson, shall be responsible for organising the work of the Group and its secretariat.

9. Working methods

The Group’s regular working meetings shall not be open to the public.For the purposes of preparing its Opinions and within the limits of the available resources for this action, the Group:

  • may invite experts either from a Member State of the Union or from outside to take part in its proceedings on a given topic on the agenda.
  • may initiate studies in order to collect all necessary scientific and technical information
  • may set up working groups to consider specific issues
  • may organize public Round Tables in order to promote dialogue and improve transparency
  • may establish closer links with representatives of the various ethics bodies which exist in the European Union and in the applicant countries.

10. Opinions

Every opinion shall be published immediately after its adoption. Where an opinion is not adopted unanimously, it shall include any dissenting point of view.

11. Rules of Procedure

The Group shall adopt its Rules of Procedure.

12. Activity report

A report on the Group’s activities shall be produced under the responsibility of the chairperson before the end of its term of office. The report shall be published.

13. Replacement of previous text

This text describing the remit of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies shall replace the remit annexed to the Communication to the Commission of 12 December 1997 on the establishment of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (SEC(97)2404).

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