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Open access to scientific information
The Council held a policy debate on open access to scientific information of public-funded research projects on the basis of the Commission communication « Towards better access to scientific information : Boosting the benefits of public investments in research » (12847/12) and its accompanying recommendations on access to and preservation of scientific information (12846/12).
They encouraged the definition of clear policies, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, on open access to scientific publications and research data, on preservation and re-use of scientific information and on related e-infrastructures for disseminating scientific information, at both national and EU levels.
They agreed on the need to promote common implementation standards and criteria, including interoperable infrastructures, in order to achieve the maximum benefit from open access in a sustainable way within a digital European Research Area.