CESAER, COAR and LIBER sign joint statement on Digital Services Act

27 January 2022

On 24 January, CESAER, COAR and LIBER published a joint statement calling on the European Union to proactively recognise the importance of education and research digital infrastructures when devising digital-centred legislation. 

The three institutions are concerned that certain aspects of the policies and legislation aimed at digital transformation proposed by the Commission will negatively impact the research and education sectors, as they conflict with key notions of scientific collaboration, open science and knowledge-based societies.

CESAER, COAR and LIBER welcome the strong focus of the European Commission towards a A Europe fit for the digital age as part of its priorities from 2019 to 2024, but call upon the EU institutions to:

  • acknowledge the unique position of the public research and education sectors in the provision of digital services and infrastructure directed towards the common good
  • provide for an overarching legal framework which reflects the unique context of the public research and education sectors and protects the objectives of scientific knowledge and technology generation, sharing and preservation.

Read the full statement.

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