The European Research ministers converged on considering the development of a European Open Science Agenda under the European Research Area. In its conclusions, the Council called for open, data-intensive and networked research and emphasised the importance of developing e-infrastructures.

During the Competitiveness Council, Member States called for an Open Science Strategy to set the framework conditions concerning open access to data, use of data and mining, common standards for interoperability. They also underlined the importance of appropriate infrastructures for the storage and management of big data in particular for a successful launch for a European open Science Cloud as part of the Digital Single Market Strategy.

All interventions concurred on that Open Science can make the European Research Area more efficient and link better research to society with significant benefits for citizens, businesses and scientists by creating jobs, spurring growth, boosting research, productivity and creativity and increasing literacy (including data literacy).

The Council also recognised the global importance of research data exchange and interoperability of data across disciplines and national boundaries as a means to broadening the scientific reach of individual data sets. In this respect, the Council emphasised the importance of developing e-infrastructures and welcomed the further development of a European Open Science Cloud that will enable sharing and re-use of research data across disciplines and borders, taking into account relevant legal, security and privacy aspects.

The Council conclusions are available here