Freedom of Choice Under Threat:
What Can European Citizens Do?
ELIANT’s contribution to safeguarding European values and availability of choice
With 197 registrations and more than 140 participants, lively workshops and inspiring presentations the conference of November 7th was a great success. For a first impression please find here some pictures and the twitter story of the conference as well as ELIANT’S main concerns and requests. The written conference report will be available soon.
European Alliance of Initiatives for Applied Anthroposophy
ELIANT’s main concerns and requests with regard to EU legislation and policies are on the fields of
Agriculture and nutrition
- No artificial vitamin fortification for biodynamic and other organic baby food
- Assure the continued legal making and use of biodynamic preparations
- Legal protection of biodynamic agriculture and organic farming against Genetically Modified Organism/ GMO contamination
- Hygiene legislation in the food chain must not lead to the abolition of Small and Medium-sized Enterprise/ SME s in rural areas; introduction of the concept of salutogenesis in hygiene measures
- Secure voluntary (not mandatory) electronic identification (EID) in animal keeping and production
Medicine and Health
- develop adequate legislative and regulatory frameworks to secure access to all Anthroposophic Medicinal Products for human use (AMP) equally for citizens in all European Member states
- implement fully the right of establishment and the free movement of services for Anthroposophic Medicine (AM) professionals,
- integrate the appropriate patients’ rights into measures relating to consumers’ interests, especially in view of patients using AM,
- appropriately integrate the AM into measures related to the improvement of public health
Education and lifelong learning
- improve educational outcomes by reassessing how certain childhood competences such as the development of imagination in free play are prerequisite to the development of creativity and social competences later on in life,
- engage the motivation, thinking skills and creative action of young people through, for instance, the increased use of portfolio work and greater freedom of curricula,
- build the educational system on health promotion, loving interest instead on fear to fail – strengthen the general human in every person in order to encourage desire and sense for tolerance and peace,
- involve more actively independent educational stakeholders in the clusters devoted to educational themes
- pay special attention to the situation of people with special needs, such as learning disabilities and complex dependency needs, within the European Disability Strategy 2010 – 2020
- Future R&D Programmes of the EU, in particular FP 8 should more substantially take into account the need for holistic research approaches to living processes.
- Establish a technology platform “Complementary and holistic research in life sciences”.
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