According to article 19 of the Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), every project funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme must abide by ethical principles and relevant legislation to protect the legitimate rights of people involved in the project’s research activities.
In compliance with such a provision, the reSEArch-EU Project translates its commitment to research ethics into a thorough self-assessment of research practices implemented where different ethical issues might arise. This Ethics Self-Assessment has been sent to the European Commission by the seventh month of the project – July 2021.
Which legal provisions are applicable to the reSEArch-EU Project?
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: right to privacy (art. 12)
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
- The European Convention on Human Rights (art. 8)
1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
- The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (article 8)
1. Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her.
2. Such data must be processed fairly for specified purposes and on the basis of the consent of the person concerned or some other legitimate basis laid down by law. Everyone has the right of access to data which has been collected concerning him or her, and the right to have it rectified.
3. Compliance with these rules shall be subject to control by an independent authority.
- The General Data Protection Regulation
The reSEArch-EU Project is committed to the principles of gender mainstreaming and the promotion of gender equality. This engagement is realized in the following ways:
● The presence of both men and women in each work package.
● The participation of a balanced number of men and women as external participants (e.g. informants, interviewees, experts, etc.)
● The involvement of an equal number of men and women in reSEArch-EU decision-making structures.