Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Proposed Data Changes 'Threaten' EU Research

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Proposed Data Changes 'Threaten' EU Research

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Data protection proposals being brought before the European Council of Ministers in June could hamper the continent's research competitiveness, according to the European University Association.

The goals of the European Union's e80 billion (£65 billion) research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, such as tackling societal challenges and developing research infrastructures, could also be hit by the changes, the EUA said in a statement.

The amendments, suggested by the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in October, are designed to tighten the rules that protect personal data. But they also "unintentionally threaten" scientific advances, according to the EUA.

The EUA is urging member states to preserve access to data for use in scientific research at the upcoming meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers that will discuss LIBE's proposal.

More than 30 national bodies representing universities across Europe have signed the EUA statement, which follows arguments made by the Wellcome Trust in a petition in January. …

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