Brussels, 24 October 2005
On 19 October 2005 te President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso appointed the 15 members of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies under the EGE mandate for 2005 - 2009. 6 of the new members are reappointed from the previous mandate and 9 of the new members are appointed for the first time. The EGE will hold its first meeting on 25 October 2005 and will on this occasion elect its President and Vice-President for a new term of four years.
The EGE is an independent, pluralist and multidisciplinary body providing important advice to the European Commission on the ethics in science and new technologies in connection with the preparation and implementation of Community legislation or policies. The 15 members are appointed for their expertise and personal qualities. They come from different countries and are high level experts in disciplines such as biology and genetics, informatics, law, philosophy or theology:
The previous four-year mandate of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies expired in March 2005. The European Commission took this opportunity to review and revise the mandate of the EGE. The new mandate (published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on 20 May 2005) confirms the essential mission of the EGE, which is to provide advice to the Commission on the ethics of science and new technologies. However, the mandate has been changed to allow an increase in membership from the previous 12 to 15. This increase means that the new EGE has a wider range of competences and through its membership reflects the enlarged European Union.
The range of issues studied by the EGE during their previous mandate (from ICT implants in the human body to patents deriving from stem cell research) is described in the General Report for the 2000 – 2005 mandate, which was issued on 15 October 2005.