EU parliament backs embryo research

European politicians also vote to increase budget, but amount falls short of requests by the European Commission

Stephen Pincock
Jun 15, 2006
European politicians voted on Thursday (June 15) to spend a larger proportion of the European Union?s budget on science, and resisted efforts from some countries to enforce a ban on funding embryonic stem cell research.In the latest stage of the ongoing approval process for Europe's 2007 to 2013 research budget, the European Parliament endorsed a legislative report that would see the overall allocation for the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) rise to roughly ?50bn. (FP6, which ran from 2002-2006, had a total budget of ?17.5bn.)This represents a major increase on the current budget, but falls significantly short of the roughly ?70bn that the European Commission had asked for two years ago. Politicians from across the EU described the amount as disappointing. "This is not our dream budget," Poland's Jerzy Buzek, who led the Parliament's review, told the parliament.The gradual whittling of the budget is a disappointment to the biotech industry...

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