Sometimes journals ask for high fees to get access to an article. But this goes against EU principles: A science or innovation project (whether or not partially) paid for by the public, is primarily meant for the benefit of that public, and its publications should therefore be open for everyone to consult and use.
Horizon 2020 (H2020) takes a big step towards so called "Open Science" in Europe. All projects receiving H2020 funding will have the obligation to make sure any peer reviewed journal article they publish is openly accessible, free of charge.
The OpenAIRE project supports the implementation of open access in Europe. This three-year project has established infrastructure for EU-funded researchers to support them in complying with the guidelines on open access:
More info: www.OpenAIRE.eu