Taking stock of the precautionary principle since 2000

The precautionary principle is supposed to enable decision-makers to adopt precautionary measures even if scientific uncertainties about environmental and health risks remain. However, opinions about the precautionary principle are divided. To some, it is unscientific and an obstacle to progress. To others, it is a necessary tool to protect human health and the environment.

Citizens meeting in The Hague

The Hague
On June 19, the Rathenau Institute organised a meeting to discuss problems surrounding precaution and innovation with 40 citizens. The meeting led to lively discussions about questions such as: how important is it as a society to be careful with new technologies? Is it possible to be too careful? And who should be held responsible for guaranteeing precaution?

RECIPES kick-off meeting

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Maastricht University, Faculty of Law
On January 24 and 25, the RECIPES kick-off conference took place at Maastricht University. In addition to the presentation of the project and its underlying problem, the individual work packages of the different consortium partners were discussed.