Interview with Isidoros Karatzas, Head of the “Ethics and Research Integrity” sector at the European Commission
Gian Luigi Lenzi (GLL): Ethical standards are an important aspect of H2020. How did the EC decide on these standards and who took part in their definition? Isidoros Karatzas (IK): The ethics standards are based on, for example, the principles of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Convention of Human rights (Article 19, Horizon 2020 regulation). Also on the relevant principles that flow from specific European and National legislation such as data protection and privacy, clinical trials etc. The Sector also follows and participates in the dialogue with the responsible Member States structures, such as the national Bioethics Committees, the network of Research Ethics Committees etc.