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04 Dec 2015

Council and EC highlight importance of research integrity for high-quality research

At its meeting on 1 December 2015, the Council Competitiveness adopted Council Conclusions on "Research Integrity", amongst other issues. In these Conclusions, the Council pointed out the importance of respecting the fundamental ethical principles and integrity in innovation and research activities in the EU.

Following the meeting, on behalf of the current Luxembourg Council Presidency, Marc Hansen, Luxembourg Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research stressed the key role of research integrity for research excellence and socio-economic relevance "The Council supports the fundamental principles such as those of the "European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity", drawn up by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and of Humanities (ALLEA), and called for them to be implemented at national and European level". He added that the Conclusions highlighted the importance of preventing misconduct and called for the development of a genuine culture of research integrity.

European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, struck a similar chord, saying that if the objective of Europe is to be open to the world, then integrity in research is "crucial". "We need more responsibilty, both as individuals and institutions", he added. Besides bringing the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity up to date, the Ministers agreed to strengthen Article 34 of the grant agreements of the Horizon 2020 programme. The Commissioner added that it is important to "adapt research integrity in terms of digitisation".

Besides being one of the priorities of the Luxembourg Council Presidency, research integrity is currently also being discussed in diffent fora (e.g. by Science Europe). Prof. Ulrike Felt, Head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna, is contributing her personal findings and recommendations for further action to these ongoing discussions in a policy brief (see link below).

For further information:

Luxembourg Council Presidency - press release

Council Conclusions on Research Integrity

Policy Brief on Research Integrity

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