On 12 June, the Commission organised the European Open Science Cloud Summit in Brussels.
The summit was Europe’s moment of commitment to the EOSC and it generated a number of concrete EOSC Statements for implementation. By reviewing key areas of EOSC implementation and endorsing the EOSC statements, participants took upon themselves to make the EOSC a reality by 2020. In that respect, the summit wanted to mark a clear milestone, and proved willingness to build the EOSC as an inclusive and sustainable open commons for Europe’s research and innovation system.
Commissioner Moedas opened the event with a speech, which was followed by a panel discussion. Five substantive sessions followed, on the key aspects of the implementation of the EOSC. Director-General Robert-Jan Smits chaired the event.
Discussion centred around short preparatory documents prepared for the Summit ('input papers'). The papers were drafted by the Commission in collaboration with Chairs and Rapporteurs and with the assistance of the EOSCPilot project. The paper are therefore not a formal Commission document (e.g., non-paper, in the common understanding of the term).
The papers were the starting point of discussion in the sessions and - for the first four sessions - the basis for the preparation of EOSC statements at the end of the Summit. The EOSC Statements highlighted the expected roles of stakeholders, Member States and the Commission in the finalisation and implementation of the EOSC Roadmap. Specifically, the Summit was of practical utility to help the Commission finalise the EOSC Roadmap for governance and funding; and to help form a coalition of willing stakeholders (expressed at the Summit), as a basis for a future 'governance board' for the EOSC.