European Union joins UK open-access bidNature.
But the next day, the European Commission (EC) matched the United Kingdom’s vision, launching a similar proposal to open up all of the work funded by its Horizon 2020 research programme, set to run in the European Union from 2014-20 and disburse €80 billion (US$98.3 billion). The details will be negotiated over the next year, but EC Vice-president Neelie Kroes emphasised the momentum that open access has already acquired.
“We are leading by example, making EU-funded research open to all – and we are urging member states to do likewise, so that sooner, rather than later, all nationally funded research will follow.”
The EC says it is aiming for 60% of all European publicly funded research articles to be open access by 2016.
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