EU Legislation & Regulatory Affairs

Science Europe contributes to making the EU legislative, regulatory and policy environment favourable to science and research activities in Europe.

The influence of EU legislation on various aspects of daily life and professional affairs has increased over the last decades. EU policies need to be closely monitored and legislative processes need input from stakeholders to ensure that EU legislation does not compromise the efficiency of the research system.

EU Legislation

There are two main types of legislation at EU level: Regulations and Directives. Regulations apply immediately in all EU Member States, providing the same set of rules across the EU. Directives on the other hand set a legal framework that has to be transposed into national law by every single Member State. They provide a lower level of harmonisation and more flexibility for national solutions.

The Legislative Process

The European Commission alone has the right of initiative when it comes to proposing new legislation or the revision of an existing one. The European Commission proposal is submitted to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, who have the opportunity to amend it. In the majority of cases, the European Parliament and Council will come together with the European Commission after the first reading and try to reach agreement in the so-called trilogue negotiations.

Science Europe Activities

Science Europe currently pursues several legislative topics that will have a large impact on the research sector:

News

(12/09/18) Science Europe is disappointed that the European Parliament did not sufficiently improve the far too restrictive proposal for TDM in the new Copyright Directive in today’s plenary vote... read more

(04/09/18) Science without publication paywalls: cOAlition S for the realisation of full and immediate Open Access... read more

(11/07/2018) Research funders making Open Access a reality by 2020...read more

(08/06/2018) Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission's Proposal on Horizon Europe…read more

(01/06/2018) Rosa Menéndez (CSIC) was elected as Science Europe Vice-President... Read more

(31/05/18) Science Europe held its 2018 High-Level Workshop on the topic of Mission-oriented Research… Read more

(02/05/18) The proposed budget for Horizon Europe is an increase, but less than required… Read more

(07/02/18) Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe… Read more

(02/02/2018) Science Europe and NWO have launched an initiative to align RDM policies across Europe… Read more

Documents

Science Without Publication Paywalls: cOAlition S for the Realisation of Full and Immediate Open Access... read more