United under VSNU, the Dutch universities are still busy negotiating with publisher Elsevier on the subject of open access.
Earlier this year, VSNU reported that the negotiations were proving difficult.
They have now taken a constructive turn. An outline has begun to take shape, but as yet, the parties are still divided, particularly in terms of finance. With the end of the existing contract (31 December 2015) drawing near, the next few weeks will be exciting.
Above all else, the universities want publishers to take meaningful steps towards open access so that academic articles become available to a wide public. Agreement has already been reached with several other publishers, and the road towards open access now lies before us.
Source: VSNU press release