"Perspectives from an EU institution and a funding body" Pēteris Zilgalvis is Head of the Governance and Ethics Unit, Directorate Science, Economy and Society at DG Research, European Commission, Brussels. His Unit is responsible for open access issues related to scientific information in the Directorate General. Until 2005, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs. In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Environment) and at the World Bank in Moscow and Rīga. P. Zilgalvis studied political science (cum laude) at the University of California, Los Angeles. At the Law Center of the University of Southern California he obtained his JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence). He is a member of the California State Bar. He has published over 25 publications on bioethics, economic reform and environmental law in English and in Latvian.