At the end of last week, the Council of the European Union adopted a Progress Report on the “Horizon 2020” package, which includes the proposals for the specific programme, the new Rules for Participation and the EURATOM programme. This report presents the discussions within the Council on the three proposals, even though according to the document “most delegations have welcomed the aforesaid Commission proposals”.
Concerning the proposal for the new Rules for Participation, delegations expressed some concerns in terms of intellectual property. In fact, delegations have asked “for the insertion of clearer wording for a number of items, such as “background”, “fair and reasonable conditions” [and] “results””. Regarding the dissemination of results, Member States have asked, in particular, clarifications on the following issues:
- the joint ownership provisions;
- the “additional exploitation obligations” referred to in Article 40;
- the “rationale behind the possibility for the Commission to gain access rights to the results of a participant and the possibility that the participant can object to that”; and
- “on the use of “Europe first” provisions, in particular with respect to participation of multi-national participants.”
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