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The EU already encourages open access for FP7 (the current funding programme) and it will become even better for the new one called Horizon2020 starting next year. http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/07/european-commission-emb...

Encouraging is not mandating though. But they're definitely on the right path, now they need to see it through.

For some projects it is already mandated in the grant agreement. I've heard that this will be extended to all project for Horizon 2020. I am also under the impression, that the EU protects researchers who post the full version of their papers on their websites even when the publisher does not permit it. I could be wrong on the latter.

Certainly, there is always room for improvement.

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