VOTE, LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (JURI) ON TUESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
HORIZON 2020 FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (BORYS OPINION)
PLEASE SUPPORT THE DRAFTSMAN’S (PIOTR BORYS) PROPOSED OPINION
I am writing to commend the proposed Opinion report of Draftsman Piotr Borys which will by voted in the Legal Affairs Committee(JURI) next Tuesday (18/9) on proposed amendments to the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. In keeping with the remit of the JURI Committee, the Opinion is confined to ethical and legal issues. These have led him to propose the exclusion of research on human embryos and human embryonic stem cells from funding under the Horizon 2020 programme.
Since the last Framework Programme for research funding (FPVII) was adopted there has been a significant legal ruling from the European Court of Justice that has ethical implications for this Programme. This landmark judgment in October 2011 ruled that any processes involving the use of embryonic stem cells could not be patented in Europe because of both the Court’s interpretation of the requirements of the relevant EU Directive and its judgment that such activity would be in breach of respect for human dignity and therefore contrary to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (see Borys’ Amendment 3 for more details). This would expose the Programme if not amended to legal challenge after adoption in the view of eminent legal experts (see below). We therefore request your SUPPORT for the Amendments (1-8) proposed by Draftsman Piotr Borys in his Opinion Report.
With regard to the other tabled amendments, we would request your SUPPORT for AM 17 proposed by Piotr Borys and that you consider VOTING AGAINST AMs 11-14 & 19 because they are incompatible with the purpose of amendments 2, 4 & 8 in the Opinion Report.
A fuller briefing giving 5 reasons why research which depends on the destruction of human embryos should not be funded is attached, as well as the full text of the legal opinions quoted below.