Members of the European Parliament from different political groups and affiliations have re-launched the cross-party Working Group on Human Dignity. This group, which had been established back in 2009 by Prof. Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering MEP, then President of the European Parliament, gathers MEPs who believe that it is of key importance to maintain the original vision of EU’s founding fathers, by putting human dignity on the forefront of EU policy making.
“The infinite dignity of every human being is routinely denied across all stages of life, from conception until natural death. Therefore, the concept of human dignity must be further explored, in order to acquire a deeper understanding of the many cultural aspects which play a role in it, such as for example recognizing the contribution of Europe’s Christian heritage” affirm the MEPs, chaired by Mr Bastian Belder MEP (ECR) and a cross-party board of vice-chairs comprising Mr Alojz Peterle MEP (EPP), Mr Luigi Morgano MEP (S&D), Ms Marian Harkin MEP (ALDE), Ms Daniela Aiuto MEP (EFDD) and Ms Diane Dodds MEP (NI).
Remarkably and importantly, “Human Dignity” for the members of this Working group is not just the inflationary currency of their political rhetoric, but it actually has a demanding and clearly circumscribed meaning. This is set out in a document called the Universal Declaration of Human Dignity, which will be the foundation of the newly relaunched Working Group. Membership for the Working Group is open to all Members of the European Parliament, who sign this charter.