Competitiveness Council to discuss ERA issues
The next meeting of the Council Competitiveness is due to take place on 28 and 29 May 2015 in Brussels. Research ministers will meet on Friday, 29 May 2015 and will discuss several issues relating to the European Research Area (ERA): The Council is expected to adopt the "ERA Roadmap 2015 - 2020" and the review of the ERA advisory structure. In addition, the Council will hold a policy debate on open science, as a follow-up to the Science 2.0 public consultation carried out by the European Commission. The Council is also expected to adopt conclusions on open, data-intensive and networked research as a driver for faster and wider innovation.
Austria welcomes the policy debate on open science which can only be a first exchange of views on this important but also complex issue. An “open science agenda” as envisaged must clearly represent a European added value and be in line with the principles of the ERA and other EU strategies. Open science approaches and solutions need more Europe and not less, as this would mean reinventing the wheel on Member States level. The framework conditions of the Conclusions on open, data-intensive and networked research as a driver for faster and wider innovation are an important aspect of the discussion. From Austria's point of view, an example of what can be achieved on the national level are uniform standards across Europe on issues of copyright as well as access to research results.
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