One of Us, questionnaire on bioethics for candidates for European elections
Last year, almost 2,000,000 EU citizens all over the 28 Member States signed the ONE OF US European Citizens Initiative, which became the biggest ever among all other initiatives. This initiative claims that human life protection and dignity should be guaranteed.
This questionnaire (click to download), supported by a very strong civil society mobilization, aims to identify what are the positions of the candidates, running for the European elections in May 2014, related to bioethics issues. It asks both questions in the field of the European Union (EU) competences and questions that are often discussed within the European institutions. Answers will be publicly announced in order to inform all citizens in the promotion of human life protection and dignity.
On which basis leans the survey?
In 2000, the EU adopted the Charter of fundamental rights and incorporated it in the Treaty of Lisbon (2009). This Charter has then the same legally binding as the Treaty of Lisbon.
Protection of human life and human dignity are recognized under the Charter of fundamental rights of the EU in its Article 1: “Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected”. It follows on from this principle others rights, such as the right to live (Article 2), the right to the integrity of the person (Article 3) and the principle of NO-discrimination (Article 21) “Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited.”
If your are a candidate to the European Parliament, please fill in the questionnaire by answering ALL questions and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a responsible citizen ask your candidates to fill in the questionnaire before voting for them.