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The European Group of Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), has now served its second four-year mandate. On 24 April 2001 the Commission appointed the twelve Members for the coming four years and amended the EGE remit in order to strengthen the role of the Group. The members are selected on the basis of their professional qualifications, they come from the Member States but do not represent their countries.
During the current mandate, some administrative changes have taken place in the EGE. The secretariat of the Group is now an integral part of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA), previously GOPA. Dr Michael D. Rogers has succeeded Dr Christiane Bardoux as Head of the Secretariat.
The EGE 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. The role of the EGE has been increasingly recognised in community legislative acts, for instance in several directives
The Group has operated by discussing problems at internal meetings, by inviting leading experts from different countries to present scientific, legal or other relevant background information to the EGE, by commissioning special studies on problems relevant to what the Group is working on, and by organising roundtables on themes to be dealt with in the opinions. The latter meetings, to which stakeholders and interest groups are invited, have been especially important because they have provided a meeting place between the EGE and a wider audience.

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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, 2005, 64 pp Free of charge
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