EUROPE FOR FREEDOM AND SCIENCE

11 Proposals for candidates in European parliament elections proposed by:
Science for Democracy and Associazione Luca Coscioni

Ahead of the next European elections, Science for Democracy and the Associazione Luca Coscioni have compiled a list of themes that will be crucial for the future of the European Union, its citizens and partners.

Ahead of the next European elections, Science for Democracy and the Associazione Luca Coscioni have compiled a list of themes that will be crucial for the future of the European Union, its citizens and partners.

The continuous development of knowledge and applications in the biomedical field and other aspects of public life, made possible by technological innovation, demands that science, and the opinions of scientists, be taken duly into consideration when legislative decisions are taken. 

Scientific criteria must complement value and evidence-based decisions IF the decision-making process is to be truly effective and in line with international obligations, particularly human rights obligations.

In this regard, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, have stated that national authorities must perform a thorough assessment of rules governing medical or technological issues taking into account the dynamic developments in science and society, which must be kept under consideration.

In light of the above, Science for Democracy and the Associazione Luca Coscioni  believe that the following issues should be included in the agenda of political groups participating in the EU elections and be at the centre of the political debate in the coming months

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The continuous development of knowledge and applications in the biomedical field and other aspects of public life, made possible by technological innovation, demands that science, and the opinions of scientists, be taken duly into consideration when legislative decisions are taken. 

Scientific criteria must complement value and evidence-based decisions IF the decision-making process is to be truly effective and in line with international obligations, particularly human rights obligations.

In this regard, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, have stated that national authorities must perform a thorough assessment of rules governing medical or technological issues taking into account the dynamic developments in science and society, which must be kept under consideration.

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In light of the above, Science for Democracy and the Associazione Luca Coscioni  believe that the following issues should be included in the agenda of political groups participating in the EU elections and be at the centre of the political debate in the coming months

We call for the full application of the right “of” and “to” science as foreseen by the UN: i.e. the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications, the right to access scientific knowledge, as well as the right to participate in scientific development without arbitrary or ideological restrictions, and the duty of States to take all necessary steps to ensure the conservation, the development and the diffusion of science and culture.

We call for better information about sexual and reproductive health rights, freer access to contraception (reimbursed by the State), and abortion. The EU should support proper information campaigns to ensure that women worldwide can pursue pregnancies only if, when, and how they wish to do so. The EU should also collaborate with the competent UN agencies to provide an ample supply of contraception methods, including and particularly in rural areas.

We also call for a factual follow-up to the European Parliament resolution of 21 February 2008 on the demographic future of Europe (2007/2156 (INI)) that “Notes that infertility is a medical condition recognised by World Health Organization that can have severe effects such as depression; points out that infertility is on the increase and now occurs in about 15 % of couples; calls on the Member States, therefore, to ensure the right of couples to universal access to infertility treatment.

We call for the full application of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including all measures necessary for the knocking down of all architectural barriers in public and private buildings, including in commitments with third countries.

We call for the full recognition of end of life decisions – including living will, medically assisted dying and euthanasia – on the part of mentally capable adults, a key part of the fundamental right to health.

We call for active actions supporting enhanced diversity in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The EU should promote the inclusion of women in STEM professions and ensure equal opportunities in all phases of career progression.

We call for the development – under strict regulation and control – and the EU funding of research on human genome editing for therapeutic purposes.

We call for EU funding of research on human blastocysts, within 14 days after fertilization, solely for therapeutic purposes or for the purpose of stem cell procurement, including by means of somatic cell nuclear transfer.

We call for EU Funding for research on plants, including open-field trials, using mutagenesis techniques, such as CRISPR-Cas9. We also call for new regulations to designate plants developed with cisgenic techniques, such as CRISPR, for them not to be labelled as genetically modified organisms as well as a radical revision of the now outdated EU 2001/18/CE on OGMs.

We call for full and immediate Open Access to science: scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants, provided by national and/or European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms. We also call for the EU to promote Open data, making raw data outputs of research publicly available and freely accessible to scholars whenever possible.

We call for additional research and clinical trials on the therapeutic uses of cannabis. Additional studies are necessary also on MDMA, Psilocybin, DMT, LSD, Ayahuasca, Ketamine and Ibogaine to test their therapeutic value.

We call for strengthening the practice of evidence-based policy evaluation in the European Union and or making the elaboration and the outcomes of ex ante and ex post evaluations of the policies and investments that impact society and the living environment more accessible to citizens at both European and national levels.