On the occasion of Open Access Week 2012, a conference day, Open Access to Excellence in Research, was held on Monday October 22 at the Brussels Palais des Académies. After a presentation on Open Access policy on a European level as well as a discussion with a panel of experts on the aspects of OA policy to be implemented in Belgium, the day was marked by the signing of the:
This declaration, signed by the representatives of the Ministers Paul Magnette (Federal Science Policy), Jean-Marc Nollet (FWB) and Ingrid Lieten (EWI), defines a Belgian policy concerning open access to academic and scientific information. It affirms the support of the Belgian government to the Open Access movement and makes it the default means of circulating the results of Belgian academic and scientific research.
The signatories commit themselves to encouraging free access to the results of research funded by public funds by various methods:
The Rectors of the Belgian francophone Universities (CRef) have moreover, in the framework of the discussion held by a panel of experts on the theme 'What should be done on policy level to give Open Access in Belgium a boost?', clearly expressed their wish:
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