Stem cell research
I refer to the item Malta Opposes Proposal For Funding Of Research Involving Destruction Of Embryos regarding stem cell research (June 1).
It is important to note that the European Commission has no plans to fund research that destroys human embryos.
The EU research programme, called FP7, currently uses a “triple lock” system when it comes to stem cell research. First and foremost, EU projects must follow the laws of the country in which research is carried out. Second, projects are subject to scientific peer review and rigorous ethical review. Third, EU funds may not be used for derivation of new stem cell lines or for research that destroys human embryos – including for the procurement of stem cells.
The Commission tabled a declaration on the above approach upon adoption of the FP7 legislation in 2006. This approach was fully supported by the European Parliament and the member states upon their adoption of the FP7 legislation. We have made clear that we will do the same for Horizon 2020, which means that research that destroys human embryos will not be funded.