EU research plan drops ethics clause19 September 2012
The Brussels-based commission representing Catholic bishops from the European Union has protested over the removal of an "ethics clause" from the EU's projected research over the next decade.
"The European Parliament will vote on the package of proposals for Horizon 2020, the EU's new programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €87bn," COMECE said in a statement. "Some major ethical problems remain and it appears the new framework is even weaker in many aspects than the current one."
The statement said Comece was concerned about the the "major omission" of a clause barring the destruction of human embryos for stem cell research, and the failure to include human dignity and primacy among its principles.
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