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Horizon 2020 and plagiarism: The Guttenberg paragraph

As a follow-up to the 7th Framework Program, which is currently the main EU instrument to support research and development, the Commission has proposed Horizon 2020.

On 30 November, the Commission published its concrete proposal on “the rules for the participation and dissemination in ‘Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)’“. Within this proposed set of rules, indent 7 clearly states (own highlight):

Actions which fall within the scope of this Regulation should respect fundamental rights and observe the principles acknowledged in particular by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Such actions should be in conformity with any legal obligation and with ethical principles, which include avoiding any kind of plagiarism.

The previous rules for the participation in the 7th Framework Program do not include any particular reference to plagiarism, and so I think we can safely call this paragraph “the Guttenberg paragraph* of the future Horizon 2020 – if EU Council and Parliament agree to keep this reference throughout the co-decision procedure.



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