The milestones in the development of the Commission's policies on access to scientific information are highlighted below.
January 2012: Survey on open access in FP7 ( 11.2MB)
November 2011: Proposal for open access in Horizon 2020
December 2010: Official launch of FP7 project OpenAIRE
August 2008: Launch of Open Access Pilot in FP7
2007 (revised June 2009): Reimbursement of publication costs in FP7 ('paid' Open Access), see page 18, article II.16.4 'other activities'
February 2013: The Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) ( 200KB) met on 18 and 19 February 2013 in Brussels. In the field of research, the Council held a debate on open access to scientific information resulting from publicly funded research projects. Member States supported the idea of developing broader and more rapid access to scientific publications in order to help researchers and businesses to build on the findings of publicly funded research. Moreover, ministers welcomed the Commission’s view that open access to scientific publications should be a general principle of the future Horizon 2020 research framework programme. The optimal circulation, access to and transfer of scientific knowledge is one of the objectives for the establishment of a genuine European Research Area.
January 2013: Favourable opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – Towards better access to scientific information: Boosting the benefits of public investments in research - COM(2012) 401 final
January 2012: Results of the public consultation on scientific information in the digital age ( 4MB)
December 2011: National Open Access and Preservation Policies in Europe ( 2.12MB)
July 2011: Launch of EC public consultation on scientific information (closes on 9 September 2011)
May 2011: Public hearing on access to and preservation of scientific information:
October 2009: 'Working Together to Strengthen Research in Europe – European Research Area Conference', Brussels. Conclusions of session 1.5 'Open access and preservation: how can knowledge sharing be improved in the ERA?'
May 2011: Commission Communication on a Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights Boosting creativity and innovation to provide economic growth, high quality jobs and first class products and services in Europe COM(2011) 287
February 2011: EC and FP7 Project Partners 'Open Access and preservation in the European Research Area: paving the way towards a sound strategy' report ( 988KB)
November 2010: EC and National Experts Workshop Sharing knowledge: open access and preservation in Europe report ( 896KB)
October 2010: Second Report of the European Research Area Board, Realising the New Renaissance: Policy proposals for developing a world-class research and innovation space in Europe 2030
October 2010: High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data report to the European Commission 'Riding the Wave: How Europe Can Gain From The Rising Tide of Scientific Data'
October 2009: First report of the European Research Area Board, Preparing Europe for a New Renaissance: A Strategic View of the European Research Area ( 5.48MB)
April 2008: Commission recommendation on the management of intellectual property in knowledge transfer activities and code of practice for universities and other public research organisations
February 2007: Conference, 'Scientific Publishing in the European Research Area'