Developments in biotechnology and the consequences for agriculture - Parliamentary
Assembly Recommendation 1213 (1993). - Council of Europe. Committee of Ministers,
Ministers'Deputies - Decision 623/10.1 (March 1998)
623rd meeting 17 March 1998
DEVELOPMENTS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE
CONSEQUENCES FOR AGRICULTURE PARLIAMENTARY
ASSEMBLY RECOMMENDATION 1213 (1993)
The Deputies adopted the following reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation
"Following its interim and supplementary replies to Parliamentary Assembly
Recommendation 1213 (1993) on developments in biotechnology and the consequences for
agriculture, the Committee of Ministers wishes to inform the Parliamentary Assembly of the
latest action taken pursuant to the said recommendation.
In the 1998 budget, the Ministers' Deputies have made provision for the creation of a
specific temporary post and the necessary funds for the organisation of the Conference on
Biotechnology, including the preparatory work. The preparations have been assigned by the
Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) to a working party which immediately began to
define the objectives of this conference in the light of the aspects emphasised in
Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1213.
Three objectives have been set for to this Conference:
- to identify the ethical issues arising out of the application of biotechnology. These
matters will be dealt with from a multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective, while
giving consideration to the economic and social implications;
- to promote open public debate on these issues;
- to identify appropriate means for dealing with the ethical issues relating to
biotechnology and to provide elements for decisions as to whether there is a need for new
action, in particular a harmonised approach at international level including a possible
new convention or other appropriate instruments.
The Parliamentary Assembly will be invited to participate actively in the work carried
out by the Conference. The results of the Conference, which will be dealing with this
issue on a broad basis for the first time at European level, will be thoroughly examined
before a final reply is made to the Recommendation.