Recommendations for Legal and Policy Harmonisation

07 May 2022

EOSC-Pillar Recommendations for legal and policy harmonisation of Open and FAIR Science in the EU

The realisation of cross-border, multinational management of FAIR research data and the related participation of EU Member States in EOSC services require substantial efforts for legal reforms. As highlighted by a gap analysis, the European copyright and data protection legal frameworks presented considerable flaws, calling for a prompt intervention by both EU and national policymakers. The issuance of a wide variety of calls for action and/or recommendations on the topic of Open Science, broadly intended, corroborates this need for policy guidance.

Most of the existing recommendations focus on a sector, if not a case-specific perspective relating to the stakeholders advancing them. Taking stock and building on old and new developments of the European policy landscape on Open Access, Open Science and FAIR research principles, the recommendations presented by the EOSC-Pillar team boast the added value of embracing a holistic perspective on both copyright and data protection laws. Thus encompassing a multi-faceted account of the legislative and non-legislative reforms needed to pave the way towards effective, open, and inclusive research environments in Europe.


The Horizon 2020 project EOSC-Pillar produced a set of recommendations reflecting a selection of the most relevant identified shortcomings of the current regulations, which have been operated based on three criteria:


  • The relevance of the legal obstacles at comparative level, such as profound regulatory fragmentation and divergences across the five EOSC-Pillar Member States (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy);

  • The relevance of legal obstacles to the guidelines issued for the benefit of individual stakeholders (e.g., specific needs to facilitate good practices);

  • The urgency of intervention upon provisions, whose modernisation has been deemed to be long overdue.


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As communication and dissemination leader of the EOSC-Pillar project, the Trust-IT Services marketing and graphics teams have supported the researchers who have produced the deliverable in the design and publication of a digital booklet. 

This downloadable output maintained a strong visual connection to EOSC-Pillar branding and helped convey the key recommendations from the research team. It was also made available via the Zenodo repository for the entire scientific community.

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Publication date: 20 May 2022