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The current EGE mandate has to be renewed in the Spring of 2005 and this will give us the opportunity to increase its membership somewhat (reflecting the expansion of the EU) and perhaps through this new membership to examine ethical aspects of other important fields of science and new technologies, such as in agriculture or in nanotechnology. The new Commission with its focus on the Lisbon Agenda coupled with the Constitution for Europe, which was signed on 29 October 2004 (with its Title II on Fundamental Rights), will make the advice of the EGE even more important and the members will have to rise to this challenge under the EGE�s new mandate. The efforts of the EGE will be augmented by networking activities with the National Ethical Committees (NEC) of the Member States. This networking will be put on a more formal basis through the NEC Forum which is supported by DG Research. Furthermore, this Newsletter will continue to act as a platform for sharing information on activities and developments in ethical analysis and advice.
Increasingly, EU laws make reference to ethical requirements and in the case of the Directive concerning the deliberate release of GMOs (2001/18) the EGE is required to make an annual ethical review of its operation. This we will also have to address in 2005.

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Authors: No author stated, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies to the European Commission, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2004, 24 pp Free of charge
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