Sunday 25. June 2017
Research, Health & Bioethics

Scientific research and technological development make a major contribution to the integral development and the quality of life of human beings, especially, but not only, in the area of health where new therapeutic options become increasingly available. They are also an important motor of economic growth. COMECE chiefly covers the bioethical issues that arise at the EU level in the ambits of health and of research, although the main competences with regard to these matters remain largely at the Member States’ level. COMECE is assisted in this mission by a Working Group on Ethics in Research and Medicine

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25. January 2017

European Court of Human Rights: a key decision on surrogate motherhood

COMECE Press 25/01/2017  

The Grand Chamber Judgment clarifies that there is no obligation to recognise parental ties if there is no biological link.

23. January 2017
teenage girl suffering with depression in a conversation with a therapist

Mental health in Europe and Christian ethics

Webnews 23/01/2017

In an aging European society, mental health is an increasing concern with strong economic and social impact. Brain disorders affect one in three Europeans and have an estimated cost of €800 billion a year. In order to help Europe to tackle the issue, COMECE publishes its reflexion and proposals.

14. October 2016
Surrogate mother. Pregnant woman with belly for sale. A baby business.

Surrogacy: Council of Europe rejects draft recommendation

Webnews 14/10/2016

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly voted against the adoption of a recommendation on ‘Children’s rights related to surrogacy’, based on a report by Petra De Sutter (Belgium, SOC). The report was recommending to draw up European guidelines to safeguard children’s rights in relation to surrogacy arrangements. Read the COMECE Opinion on 'Gestational Surrogacy - The question of European and international rules'.

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