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Commissioner Moedas welcomes European Parliament's support for Open Science

Brussels, 19 January 2016

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, has welcomed the support given today by the European Parliament to the use of Text and Data Mining (TDM) in research and innovation and the development of a European Open Science Cloud. The Parliament endorsed these key issues for research and innovation in today's vote on its 'Towards a Digital Single Market Act' report, which also fully supported Open Science and Open Innovation, the priorities of Commissioner Moedas.

Commissioner Moedas said: "This Commission made the digital single market (DSM) one of the top priorities in order to make full use of the opportunities digital technologies offer to Europeans and our economy. With this vote, the Parliament confirmed that our researchers and innovators are essential to deliver the Digital Single Market and should therefore benefit from all the opportunities it offers."

The report was published on the Parliament's own-initiative in response to the Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy from May 2015. In the report, MEPs emphasize the need for greater legal certainty to enable researchers and educational institutions to make wider use of copyright-protected material and supports, under certain conditions, the principle of a European-wide exception for Text and Data Mining. This exception for research in the EU copyright legislation was proposed by the Commission in December.

The Parliament also called on the Commission to setup an action plan to for the establishment and implementation of the European Open Science Cloud within a framework of shared policies, standards and investments. The Commission is expected to adopt in early March 2016 a Communication that will launch the "European Open Science Cloud".

Finally, it also highlighted the importance of developing synergies between the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020, the Connecting Europe Facility, Cohesion Funds and other instruments for digital investments, such as the existing Seal of Excellence initiative which facilitates access to research funding under the European Structural and Investment Fund.

Background:

The European Commission made the completion of the Digital Single Market (DSM) as one of its ten top political priorities. The Communication 'A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe' adopted in May 2015 defined the strategy to for creating a EU's single market fit for the digital age, tearing down regulatory walls and moving from 28 national markets to a single one. Achieving a Digital Single Market will help Europe to take a global lead in open and data-driven science and thereby ensuring that Europe maintains its position as a world leader in the digital economy and society.

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