Tripartite Collaboration

The EOSC Tripartite Governance is a concept of strategic coordination between the EU represented by the Commission, the EOSC Association, and the Member States and Associated Countries involved in the EOSC Steering Board to resource and support the implementation of the EOSC environment in Europe, advancing an open science system and aligning national and EU policies to improve the production of FAIRresearch output.

The Competitiveness Council of November 2021 placed the development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) at the top of the ERA Policy Agenda for 2022-2024 to enable the open sharing and reuse of research outputs.

The Tripartite Governance will ensure dialogue and strategic coordination of the policy implementation objectives of the EOSC and its framework conditions as a pilot action to deepen the European Research Area (ERA).

Tripartite events


24 - 26 October 2022 | Poland

11 October 2022 | Slovenia

23 May 2022 | EOSC-Café in Austria

The very first EOSC National Tripartite Event was held by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research in Vienna and featured an exchange of presentations from the three parties – European Commission, EOSC Association and EOSC Steering Board - and the various Austrian national organisations contributing to the development of EOSC.

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16-17 December 2021 | Online

The first of its kind Tripartite Event took place at the end of 2021 and was attended by more than 70 participants representing the three parties: the Association, the Commission, and the MS/AC of the EOSC Steering Board. During the first day, the attendees reviewed the advances of the EOSC implementation, the implications on national policies, and the impact on the research ecosystem in Europe. The second day was dedicated to paving the way for a closer collaboration in 2022 focusing on a fully synergetic implementation of the EOSC at the European, national, and institutional levels. For 2022 important items will be: the deployment of a minimum viable EOSC and its added value; the deployment of one monitoring system; and the alignment of policies as a tripartite.

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Three parties

European Commission: the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, enforcing EU laws, and directing the union's administrative operations (EC website). The two Directorates involved in the Tripartite Governance are:

DG RTD: Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, responsible for the European Union's research and innovation policy and coordination of research and innovation activities. (DG RTD Open Science webpage | European Commission)

DG CONNECT: Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission, responsible for managing the Digital Agenda and the project Lead. (DG CONNECT website)

EOSC Association: the role of the EOSC Association in the Tripartite Governance is to involve the wider EOSC stakeholder community composed by more than 200 Members and Observers, 5 Advisory Groups and 13 Task Forces with more than 300 members. (EOSC-A about us)

EOSC Steering Board (EOSC-SB): was established to strategically advising the Commission on the EU policy for research data infrastructure and services, especially in view of the Commission’s role in the EOSC governance, and on how to better align EU and national policy developments and investments with the EOSC objectives. The expert group will also support the Commission in the coordination and implementation of EOSC as part of the ERA Policy Agenda, in line with the Council conclusions on the future governance of the ERA of 26 November 2021.

In the Council conclusions the Competitiveness Council suggested that the EOSC-SB continues its work as independent Commission Expert Group and closely cooperates with and regularly inform the ERA Forum to coordinate and implement R&I policy in the area of research infrastructures and R&I partnerships.

The EOSC-SB is composed of the 27 Member States and countries associated to the specific programme implementing Horizon Europe - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Associated Countries).