The European University Association, alongside several fellow associations that represent universities and university libraries, has called for the EU’s co-legislators to ensure that the proposed Data Act ensure fair access to data for research purposes.
In a joint statement, EUA, CESAER, the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, Knowledge Rights 21, LIBER Europe and Sparc Europe welcome the focus on ensuring policies that constructively take into account the role and situation of universities when drafting EU regulation. As such, the associations welcome the distinction drawn between the for-profit commercial and non-profit scientific knowledge sectors in the initial European Commission proposals, as well as the European Parliament and Council of the EU amendments to further clarify and strengthen this aspect.
As a next step, the associations have laid out several recommendations for the co-legislators, focused on provisions that reflect the importance of enabling and supporting research. These notably include: