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Parliamentary question - E-000864/2017(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Mr Moedas on behalf of the Commission

    In compliance with the Horizon 2020 rules, the LAW TRAIN project has undergone a technical review, an ethics screening and a check by independent experts obtaining the result ‘Good to excellent compliance’ concerning all requested items, including conformity with the European Charter of Fundamental Rights[1] and any other relevant EU, national and international legislation.

    In addition to the ethics adviser designated by the project, ethics-related aspects are constantly monitored also by an independent external ethics adviser, designated upon request of the Commission. Both advisers oversee potential ethics issues during the implementation of the project with the support of two ethical committees, which are the Social and Societal Ethics Committee and the Committee for Ethics on Dual Use of Research.

    Concerning the Honourable Members' question whether research activities are carried out in the Occupied Territories, there have been no grounds suggesting that such activities take place in breach of Commission Notice Nr 2013/C-205/15[2]. The project does not involve real interrogations as the environment and the suspect are virtual and it aims at improving existing interrogation technique standards in order to enhance the protection of human rights, the prevention of torture and compliance with international standards.

    With regards to the withdrawal of the partner ‘Ministério da Justiça — Polícia Judiciária’ (MJ-PJ) from Portugal, the Commission has been informed that this was due to a shortage of human resources. The ‘Inspectoratul General al Politiei Romane’ from Romania has recently joined the consortium to take over the role and activities of the Ministry of Justice of Portugal.