The full LERU statement, "Christmas is over. Research funding should go to research, not to publishers!" can be accessed at http://www.sconul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/LERU%20Statement%20Moving%20Forwards%20on%20Open%20Access.pdf
Open Science) developments by the European Commission, 63% of those responding felt that more inter-sectoral agreement on open access interventions was crucial for progress.
LERU calls on all universities, research institutes, research funders and researchers to sign the statement, giving a clear statement of support for a shared solution to be developed to both European and international legislations. This new statement aims to develop a shift in the momentum of open access in Europe by getting all parties to work together to devise a scalable economic OA model. The proposals are supported by the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas and by the incoming Dutch Presidency of the EU.
Looking in more depth, LERU notes that the costs of Gold APC charges are commonly lower in born-OA journals than in OA/subscription hybrid journals and poses the question as to why this differential exists. It calls for a future path of OA transition where the determination and allocation of OA costs is both fair and transparent.
The debate engendered by the statement can be followed on Twitter at: #christmasisover