Group is an independent, pluralist and multidisciplinary body which
advises the European Commission on ethical aspects of science and new
technologies in connection with the preparation and implementation of
Community legislation or policies.
December 1997 the European Commission set up the European
Group on Ethics to succeed the Group
of Advisors on the Ethical Implications of Biotechnology (GAEIB 1991-1997). During its
first mandate the EGE
(1998-2000) provided Opinions on subjects as
diverse as human tissue banking, human embryo research, personal health
data in the information society, doping in sport and human stem cell
research. At a specific request of the President of the Commission,
Romano Prodi, the Group also wrote the Report on the Charter on
Fundamental Rights related to technological innovation. The EGE
finished its activities in 2015.
April 2001 the Commission has 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 Group of Policy Advisers.
Prof. Göran HERMERÉN (Sweden), President, Philosopher,
Professor of Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University.
2. Prof. Linda NIELSEN (Denmark), Vice-President,
Professor of Law, Rector of the University of Copenhagen.
3. Prof. Nicos C. ALIVIZATOS (Greece),
Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Athens.
4. Prof. Rafael CAPURRO (Germany),
Professor of Information Management and Information Ethics at
Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences.
5. Prof. Inez DE BEAUFORT (The
Netherlands), Professor of Health Care Ethics at the Medical Faculty of
the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
6. Prof. Yvon ENGLERT (Belgium), Head
of Fertility Clinic, Free University of Brussels (ULB), Professor of
Medical Ethics and Deontology, ULB.
7. Prof. Catherine LABRUSSE-RIOU
(France), Centre de recherche en droit privé, Université
8. Dr. Anne McLAREN (United Kingdom),
Geneticist, Research Associate at Wellcome CRC Institute, Cambridge.
9. Prof. Pere PUIGDOMÈNECH
ROSELL (Spain), Research Professor at the Department for Molecular
Genetics, Director of Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona, CSIC
10. Prof. Stefano RODOTA (Italy),
Professor of Civil Law, University of Rome, Chairman of the Italian
Data Protection Authority, Chairman of the European Group of the Data
11. Prof. Günter VIRT (Austria),
Professor of Theology, Institute of Catholic Moral Theology, University
12. Prof. Peter WHITTAKER (Ireland),
Biologist, Professor of Biology, Institute of Environment, Philosophy
and Public Policy, University of Lancaster, Furness College.
November 2005 the Commission has appointed fifteen Members for the
period 2005-2010 and amended the EGE remit.
Prof. Emmanuel AGIUS, Faculty of Theology, University of Malta, Malta.
2. Prof. Diána BÁNÁTI, Director General of the
Central Food Research Institute, Hungary
3. Prof. Anne CAMBON-THOMSEN, Research Director, CNRS, Inserm U558,
Epidemiology and Public Health Analyses, France.
4. Prof. Rafael CAPURRO, Professor of Information Management and
Information Ethics at Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart, Germany.
5. Prof. Carlo CASINI, Member of the National Committee of Bioethics,
Italy (left EGE in 2007 as he became member of the European
Parliament); new member: Prof. Francesco Donato BUSNELLI, Italy.
6. Prof. Inez DE BEAUFORT, Professor of Health Care Ethics at the
Medical Faculty of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
7. Prof. Jozef GLASA, Institute of
Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology, Slovak Medial University,
8. Prof. Hille HAKER, Moral Philosophy / Social Ethics, Goethe
University, Frankfurt a. M., Germany.
9. Prof. Göran HERMERÉN, President, Philosopher,
Professor of Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University,
10. Prof. Julian KINDERLERER, Sheffield
Institute of Biotechnological Law and Ethics, UK.
11. Prof. Krzysztof MARCZEWSKI, Department of Ethics, Skubiszewski
Medical University of Lublin, Poland.
12. Prof. Paula MARTINHO DA SILVA, Vice-President, President of the
National Council of Ethics for the Science of Life, Portugal.
13. Prof. Linda NIELSEN, Professor of Law, Rector of the University of
14. Prof. Pere PUIGDOMÈNECH
ROSELL, Research Professor at the Department for Molecular Genetics,
Director of Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona, CSIC, Spain.
15. Prof. Günter VIRT, Professor
of Theology, Institute of Catholic Moral Theology, University of