The Council of Ministers has published a new draft Directive, due
to be considered by the Legal Affairs Committee on 28th April.
About 30 amendments are proposed.
The two most important are the revival of old
amendment 76, dealing with geographical place of origin and
informed consent, and a new amendment dealing with the patenting of
embryoes, which has given rise to a fear it might be used as the
basis for an attack on abortion.
Views as to whether the Directive will now go
through smoothly range across all shades of opinion. Those who are
optimistic believe that we may have a directive by the Autumn, but
the Greens are likely to be active when the Directive goes to the
Parliament in May or June.