The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)
The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) is an independent, multi-disciplinary body appointed by the President of the European Commission which advises on all aspects of Commission policies where ethical, societal and fundamental rights issues intersect with the development of science and new technologies. Since its inception in 1991, the EGE has provided the Commission with high quality and independent advice on these questions.
EGE and Commissioner Moedas discuss artificial intelligence and the future of work
On 21 September the EGE met with Commissioner Moedas to discuss progress on the Group’s Opinion on the Future of Work as well as the wider ethical, societal and fundamental rights issues linked to the advances in artificial intelligence and robotics.
The exchange took place as part of the Group’s two-day plenary meeting on 20-21st September which also saw expert hearings conducted with Dr. Ruby Gropas (European Political Strategy Centre), Professor Phillippe van Parijs (Université catholique de Louvain) and Professor Judy Wajcman (London School of Economics).
EGE starts work on its first Opinion
On 28 June 2017, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation issued a request for the EGE to begin work on its first Opinion. In liaison with President Juncker, the Commissioner has asked the EGE to examine issues surrounding the future of work, reflecting upon the societal, political and technological changes which are re-shaping the world of work, and society more broadly. The EGE will explore phenomena ranging from the rise of the gig economy and industry 4.0 to the ethics of artificial intelligence and robotics and man-machine interaction. They will consider fundamental questions of why we work and how work gives us meaning, as well as how core European values of European justice and solidarity are realised.
The work of the EGE began in earnest at its plenary meeting on 4-5 July 2017, where the Group held hearings with Commission representatives from DG Employment Social Affairs and Inclusion, DG Education and Culture and the Cabinet of Andrus Ansip, Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market.
First meeting of the newly formed EGE
Group photo of the EGE with Commissioner Moedas
The 15 leading experts newly appointed to the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies gathered for their first meeting on 24 – 25 April in Brussels. The members met with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and engaged in an exploratory discussion on potential topics for the first EGE Opinions.
The Group appointed Christiane Woopen, Professor for Ethics and Theory of Medicine at the University of Cologne, as EGE chair. As deputy-chairs, they appointed Herman Nys, Emeritus Professor in medical law at KU Leuven, and Siobhán O'Sullivan, Lecturer in Health Care Ethics and Law at Ireland's Royal College of Surgeons.
President Juncker and Commissioner Moedas Appoint New EGE to advise Commission
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, have officially launched the new European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies by appointing 15 high-calibre members. The appointments follow the renewal of the EGE's legal mandate and the publication of the Call for Expression of Interest in 2016.
The new Group brings together leading experts from Europe and worldwide, from the fields of natural and social sciences and humanities, philosophy, ethics and law. Members range from scientists who have spearheaded cutting-edge biomedical techniques, to leading scholars in the study of information technologies, philosophy of science and human rights law. They bring a wealth of experience advising governments on the societal and human rights implications of current and future developments.
Opinions and Statements 2010-2016
- Opinion n°29 - 13/10/2015:
Ethics of New Health Technologies and Citizen Participation 1.6 MB
Executive Summary and Recommendations 160 KB
- Opinion n°28 - 20/05/2014
Ethics of Security and Surveillance Technologies
- Opinion n°27 - 16/01/2013
An ethical framework for assessing research, production and use of energy
For more information and any enquiries, please contact the EGE Secretariat
To find out more about the previous activities of the EGE and to download its publications, visit the previous website of the EGE