On 15-16 October 2013 the EGE held its 31st meeting in Brussels. The Group had a working session on Opinion 28 and welcomed President Barroso on 16 October 2013.
On 19 September 2013 the EGE held its monthly group meeting in Brussels. The group worked on its Opinion 28: Ethics of Security and Surveillance Technologies
On 18 September 2013 the BEPA Ethics sector and the EGE Secretariat hosted the open Round Table on Ethics of Security Surveillance Technologies in Brussels.
The aim of the round table was that of furthering a transparent dialogue on the topic of the ethics of security and surveillance technologies. Participants came from a broad cross-section of the European society, including the scientific community, industry representatives, policymakers, European Institutions representatives, NGOs, civil society and civil society organizations.
Invited speakers included:
The European Commission International Dialogue in Bioethics (EC IDB) took place in Brussels on 17 September 2013, under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council. The topic of the International Dialogue was: 'The ethics of research security and of security research'. The meeting was opened and introduced by Jean-Claude Thébault, Director-General of DG BEPA, Professor David Smith (Irish National Ethics Council), Professor Eugenijus Gefenas (Lithuanian National Ethics Council), Professor Julian Kinderlerer (President of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies), and Jim Dratwa (Head of the Ethics in DG BEPA and Secretary-General of the International Dialogue on Bioethics). Invited participants included the 15 EGE members, the Chairs of the 15 non-EU NECs, the Chairs of the EU 28 NECs and representatives of several international organisations. The non-EU countries participating this year were: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Cameroun, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa and Switzerland.
On 27 June 2013, the President of the EGE met with Commissioner Oettinger to discuss the EGE Opinion on Energy and the impact of the Opinion.
On 18-19 June 2013, the EGE and the EU 27 National Ethics Councils met in Dublin under the auspices of the Irish Presidency of the EU COuncil. Speakers included: Dr. Johannes Rath (University of Vienna), Prof. Inez de Beaufort (Erasmus University of Rotterdam) and Prof. Wolf-Michael Catenhusen (German Ethics Council). The afternoon session consisted in a joint meeting between the EGE and the Irish National Ethics Council.
On 19 June 2013, the EGE held its monthly group meeting, in Dublin.
On 21-22 May 2013, the EGE held its 27th monthly meeting in Brussels. The Group pursued its work on the ethics of security and surveillance technologies and welcomed presentations pertaining to the topic of security and surveillance technologies from Dr. Leon Hempel, TU Berlin (Societal and Ethical Implications of Surveillance and Security) [248 KB] ,Jean Pierre Lentz, DG ENTR (Development of Civil Drones: The Societal Issues) [2 MB] and Torin Monahan, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For consulting the EGE Agenda, click here [182 KB] .
On 18 April 2013, the President and the Vice-President of the EGE met with President Barroso.
On 16-17 April 2013, the EGE held its 26th monthly meeting in Brussels. On the first day, the Group welcomed Johann Čas (Institute of Technology Assessment, Vienna) [708 KB] and organised a video-conference with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Ann Cavoukian [2 MB] . The second day of the meeting was dedicated to the hearing with Dr. Emilio Mordini (President of the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship) [3 MB] and an EGE working session on the Opinion 28.
The Agenda of the EGE meeting is to be found here [188 KB] .
On 19-20 March 2013, the EGE held its monthly meeting in Brussels. During the two-day event, a number of guest speakers from different European Commission services presented their inputs on the ethical implications of security and surveillance.
Invited speakers included:
The Agenda of the EGE meeting can be consulted here [171 KB] .
On the 19-20 February 2013, the EGE held its monthly meeting in Brussels. This meeting marked the start of Opinion 28: Ethics of Security and Surveillance Technologies. The EGE Opinion will be used as a reference point to the Commission in promoting a responsible use of security and surveillance technologies and policies. Rapporteurs of the above Opinion will be: Linda Nielsen (Denmark), Siobhan O'Sullivan (Ireland), Inez de Beaufort (The Netherlands).
During the two-day event, the EGE also welcomed the following guest speakers:
The Agenda of the February meeting can be consulted here [192 KB] .
On the 15th -16th of January 2013, the EGE held its monthly meeting in Brussels. On January 16, the Group adopted its Opinion No 27: An ethical framework for assessing research, production and use of energy. The Opinion has been transmitted to President Barroso and will be presented at the European Commission Symposium on Nuclear Fission Research for a Low Carbon Economy, taking place between the 26th -27th of February 2013 in Brussels. In its Opinion, the EGE proposed an integrated ethics approach for the research, production and use of energy in the EU seeking for an equilibrium between four criteria - access rights, security of supply, safety, and sustainability - in the light of social, environmental and economic concerns.
On the 19th of November 2012, the EGE held its Rapporteurs' Meeting in Brussels. Discussions centred around the finalisation of the EGE Opinion on the ethics of energy mix in Europe.
On the 20th-21st of November 2012, the EGE held its monthly meeting in Brussels aimed to finalise the Opinion on the ethics of the energy mix. During this session, the EGE has also adopted its position on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on Clinical Trials. The full statement can be consulted here [441 KB] .
On the 3rd of October 2012, the European Group on Ethics met the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee in Nicosia for a bilateral meeting. The afternoon session comprised an EGE working group meeting.
On the 4th-5th of October 2012, the European Group on Ethics together with the EU NEC Forum, gathering the Chairs of the EU 27 National Ethics Councils, met in Nicosia, Cyprus. The conjoint event was organized by the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) and the Research Directorate General (RTD), in collaboration with the Cypriote Council Rotation Presidency. The meeting touched upon: the Horizon 2020 Programme, the function of NEC forums as dialogue platforms on science within the EU, the adopted EGE Opinion 26 on Ethics and ICT as well as the forthcoming EGE Opinion 27 on Ethics of the Energy Mix in Europe.
In the afternoon of the 4th and 5th of October, the EGE held its working meeting in parallel to the NEC Forum meeting.
Issue 16 of the 'Ethically Speaking' newsletter is now available in an electronic format. You can consult it by clicking here [2 MB] .
On the 18th of September 2012, the EGE Secretariat organized an open Roundtable on Ethical Aspects of the Energy Mix in Europe.
The Roundtable was aimed at promoting a transparent dialogue between relevant stakeholders. Among participants, the EGE Secretariat welcomed members of the scientific community, industry, civil society, policy makers, media and the general public.
Invited speakers included:
For the video conference, please click below:
On the 19th of September 2012, the EGE Secretariat held its 17th meeting in Brussels. With this occasion, the group welcomed Prof. Roberto Capuzzo Dolcetta (University of Rome 'La Sapienza', Deptartment of Physics), who exposed his view on the Future of Energy Production and Research [348 KB] .
On 16th-17th of July 2012, the EGE Secretariat organized a rapporteurs' meeting in Rome, Italy. The two days event had as a main purpuse the advancement of the Opinion's structure.
On the 18th-20th of June 2012, under the auspices of the Danish EU Council Rotation Presidency, the EGE, the Danish National Ethics Committee, the International Dialogue on Bioethics (clustering the Chairs of G20 NECs and the Forum of the EU 27 NECs) met in a three day event which took place in Copenhagen.
On the 18th of June, the EGE had its working meeting on its approaching Opinion on Ethics of the Energy Mix. The members worked on the structure of the current Opinion.
On the 19th of June, the fourth meeting of the European Commission International Dialogue on Bioethics (IDB)took place; an event organized by the European Commission under the auspice of the Danish rotation Council Presidency. Invited participants included members of the EGE, the Chairs of 15 non-EU NECs, and the Chairs of the EU 27 NECs and representatives of international organisations. The non-European countries represented this year included: Argentina, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, The Philippines, Russia, South Africa, and COPAB (Pan-African Bioethics Congress). Representatives of the bioethics sector within UNESCO, WHO, and COHRED also held a speech.
Prof. Anne Glover (Chief Scientific Adviser of the President of the European Commission), Ms Britta Thomsen (Honourable Member of the European Parliament), Dr. Ritva Halila (University of Helsinki) delivered a keynote speech together with Dr Holst (Director Chief of Bioethics at Novo Nordisk). The President of the EGE- Prof. Julian Kinderlerer, the President of the Danish NEC- Prof. Jakob Birkler, the Vice-President of the EGE- Prof. Linda Nielsen and CY Council Rotation Presidency representative- Dr. Michael Voniatis chaired the IDB Sessions.
The topic discussed this year was 'The Governance of Large Research and Medical Databases in Clinical and Research Multi-Centre Trials', as proposed by the Chief Scientific Adviser - Prof. Anne Glover.
On the 20th of June 2012, the EGE and the Danish NEC organized a bilateral meeting, focusing on the previous Danish Opinions on climate change and food security and the Danish debate on renewable energy.
On 15th-16th of May, the EGE Group held its 14th meeting in Brussels. The Group welcomed presentations centered on the topic of energy from: Prof. Henk Zandvoort (Delft University of Technology) [245 KB] , Dr. Richard Adams (European Economic and Social Committee) [319 KB] , Prof. William D'haeseleer (University of Leuven, Energy Institute) [10 MB] and Prof. Mariano Marzo (University of Barcelona) [2 MB] .
On 17th-18th of April, the EGE Group held its 13th meeting in Brussels. The Group welcomed two guest speakers who prepared presentations centered on the topic of energy: Samuele Furfari (DG ENERGY, Adviser to the Deputy Director General) [2 MB] and prof. Piero Colonna (Delft University, Renewable Energy Systems) [363 KB] .
On 20th-21st of March, the EGE Group started working on its new Opinion on Ethics of Energy requested by President Barroso on the 19th of December 2011. The Opinion will contribute to the debate on a sustainable energy mix in Europe by studying the ethical impact of research on different energy sources on human well-being. During the March meeting, the EGE met a number of keynote speakers, namely:
The EGE also had a meeting with Vice-President Neelie Kroes in order to discuss the content of its Opinion 26: Ethics of Information and Communication Technologies [3 MB] . Vice-President Kroes welcomed the EGE Opinion and underlined that the Commission will now take inspiration from the proposed recommendations to further foster societal and ethical consideration in the construction of the European Digital Society.
On 21st- 22nd February, The EGE Group adopted its 'Opinion 26: Ethics of Information and Communication Technologies'
On 18th-19th January, the EGE held its 10th meeting in Brussels. The Group worked on the finalisation of the Opinion.
On 13th-14th December the EGE held its 9th meeting in Brussels. The Group worked on the finalisation of the Opinion.
On 16th November the EGE held its 8th meeting in Brussels. The Group worked on the finalisation of the Opinion.
On 15th November, the EGE held its Round Table on Ethics of Information and Communication Technologies.
Participants attended from a broad cross-section of European society, including the scientific community, industry, civil society, policy-makers, media and the general public. Invited speakers included, inter alia:
On October 18th and 19th, the EGE held its 7th meeting in Brussels.
Experts invited for the hearings were:
On September 21st and 22nd, the EGE held its 6th meeting in Brussels.
<>On September 21st, the EGE and the EU NEC Forum, clustering representatives of the EU 27 National Ethics Councils, met in Brussels. The Joint EGE NEC Forum meeting was organised by the European Commission's Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) and the Research Directorate General (DG RTD) in cooperation with the Hungarian and Polish Council rotation Presidencies. The meeting aimed to discuss the forthcoming EGE Opinion on ethics and information technologies. Speakers included: the President of the European Group on Ethics, Prof. Kinderlerer, the Chair of the Hungarian National Ethics Council, Prof. Szonyi, the Chair of the Polish National Ethics Council, Dr. Quintana Trias (DG RTD, ERA Programme), Dr Hugh Whittall, Director of Nuffield Council and Prof. Christiane Druml, Chair of the Austrian Bioethics Commission.
On July 25th, the Rapporteurs of the EGE Opinion on ethics of ICT had a meeting in Frankfurt.
On July 7th, the Conference of the French Institute for higher national defence studies (IHEDN), co-organised with the European Commission (BEPA) and with the support of Thales Group, on “Common Security and Defence Policy, Ethics and Moral Values”, took place in Brussels. The Conference addressed issues related to ethics on EU security and defence. Invited speakers included Vice Admiral Richard LABORDE (Director, French Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN); Jean-Claude THEBAULT (Director General, Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), European Commission); Marc CATHELINEAU, Senior Vice President Nato-EU-UN, Thales; Prof. Linda NIELSEN (Vice president, EGE); Mrs Giji GYA (ISIS Europe); Major General Alain ENGELBREKTSON (Chair EU Military Committee); Dr. Helen FROWE (University of Kent); Dr. Peter Van HAM (Director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations); Mr. Dominique LAMOREUX (Vice President Thales); Mr. Nicolas VERCKEN (Conflict Advocacy Officer, Oxfam); Mr. Zobel BEHALAL (Peace and Conflict Advocacy Officer, CCFD); Mrs Susi DENNISON (Policy Fellow, ECFR); Ambassador Jean-François DENIAUD (IHEDN).
On June 21st and 22nd, the EGE held its 5th meeting in Brussels.
Experts invited for the hearings included:
The EGE held its 4th meeting on May 17th and 18th in Brussels.
Experts invited for the hearings included:
The EGE held its 3rd meeting on 12th and 13th April in Brussels.
Experts invited for the hearings included:
On March 22nd, the President of the European Commission has requested the EGE to issue an Opinion on the ethical implications of Information Communication Technology (ICT) The Opinion may offer a reference point to the Commission to promote a responsible use of the Digital Agenda for Europe and facilitate the societal acceptance of such an important policy item. The Opinion should take into consideration different possible applications of ICT, such as widespread take-up and use by citizens of the internet, е-health and use of ICT in environmental and agricultural domains.
The President of the European Commission has also asked the EGE to issue Opinion on the ethical implications of security technologies The EGE Opinion may offer a reference point to the Commission to promote a responsible use of security technologies and policies in FP7 and facilitate the societal acceptance of such an important policy area, including the ethics review process both at the European Union and Member States levels. The Opinion should take into consideration different possible applications of security, such as Internet profiling, body scans, the use of different bio-identification tools such as fingerprinting, chips inserted into humans, iris photos, biometrics, and other ICT surveillance methods.
The EGE held its 2nd meeting on March 15th and 16th in Brussels. The EGE has elected Prof. Julian Kinderlerer as the President of the Group. Prof. Linda Nielsen has been elected as Vice-President of the Group. The EGE has also adopted its rules of procedure on March 15.
The EGE held its 1st meeting on February 8th and 9th in Brussels and had a meeting with President Barroso and Mr. Schinas, Deputy Head of BEPA.