Jeroen van den Hoven appointed member European Expert Group on Ethics in Science

News - 30 March 2017 - Webredactie-mc

The European Commission has appointed Jeroen van den Hoven to the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE). He will be one of the 15 high-calibre members who will advise the Commission on all areas of policy where ethical, societal and fundamental rights issues intersect with the development of science and new technologies.

The appointments follow the decision by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Commission, and Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, that these issues require a dedicated group of experts to help improve policymaking in the above-mentioned fields. President Juncker had emphasised the EGE plays an integral role in furthering the Union as a community of values.

Commissioner Moedas said: "Innovation is driving rapid changes and it is our responsibility to ensure that developments are for the good of humanity. The wellbeing of future generations will be determined by the ethical considerations we apply to our policies today. That is why I am delighted that the renewed European Group on Ethics is up and running. The fifteen exceptional men and women appointed today will be an important support to a Commission that seeks to address the major societal challenges for the benefit of all citizens." The Group brings together leading experts from Europe and worldwide, from the fields of natural and social sciences and humanities, philosophy, ethics and law.

  • Further information can be found in the press release on the launch of EGE.