Whereas the European Citizens’ Initiative, One of us, satisfied all of the conditions required by the Treaty of Lisbon, on the last day of its term of office, the Barroso Commission was accused of having illegitimately used a “veto”, refusing to authorise the group’s demands.
In response, the Commission deems that “the evaluation, subsidising and financing of proposed research projects within the EU involving the use of human embryo stem cells are strictly regulated” and that there is no point in discussing it further.
The One of us citizens’ committee views this decision as “hypocritical and scornful”, because the Commission is responding in the light of its demands, failing to understand the aim of the exercise and delighting in its policy. As far as Tobbias Teuscher, secretary of the European Parliament Intergroup on Family, is concerned, there is no doubt that the “Commission has taken a political decision”. It is a double blow to democracy in that MEPs are unable to comment on this demand (when, according to treaties, they should be able to do so) and European citizens are seeing their petition being cast to one side.
The citizens’ committee is considering appealing to the Luxembourg Court, “which has recognised the respect that should be shown to human life right from conception”.