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  4. <title>Our Work at the European Union - FSFE</title>
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  7. <p id="category"><a href="/work.html">Our Work</a></p>
  8. <h1>European Union</h1>
  9. <div id="introduction">
  10. <p>
  11. Our involvement in the European Union policy goes back to 2001,
  12. when FSFE became an interested third-party in the Commission's
  13. antitrust case against Microsoft. Since then, we have kept
  14. on promoting Free Software by focusing on fundamental principles that must be respected, such as fair competition.
  15. </p>
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  19. <h2>EU Policies overview: Free Software and Open Standards</h2>
  20. <p>
  21. Many countries in Europe have policies, laws or
  22. recommendations concerning Free Software and Open
  23. Standards. In collaboration with the Free Software
  24. community, we are preparing a comprehensive overview of
  25. these policies. We want to provide both activists and
  26. policy makers with a tool to compare the approaches that
  27. exist in different countries, and to learn from both good
  28. and less good practices. This is a work in progress.
  29. Please email anything you can add to &lt;policies AT
  30. fsfeurope DOT org&gt;, along with any comments you may have.<br/>
  31. You can read more <a href="/activities/policy/eu/fspolicies.html"> here</a>.
  32. </p>
  33. <h2>EU Browser case</h2>
  34. <p>
  35. Free Software Foundation Europe supported the European Commission's
  36. antitrust investigation against Microsoft as an interested third party.
  37. The investigation began on the 16th of January when the European
  38. Commission DG Competition reported that it had issued a statement of
  39. objections regarding Microsoft's abuse of web standards and the tying of
  40. Internet Explorer (IE) to the Windows Operating System product family.
  41. It is based on a complaint submitted by Opera, a European company
  42. involved in web browser development, which FSFE publicly supported in
  43. 2007.
  44. </p>
  45. <h2>European Interoperability</h2>
  46. <p>
  47. The European Commission is investigating the way Microsoft prevents
  48. competitors from interfacing with many of its desktop productivity
  49. programs. FSFE's President Karsten Gerloff says: "We welcome the
  50. Commission's decision to keep the interoperability investigation open
  51. while it monitors whether Microsoft's promises help to promote
  52. competition."
  53. </p>
  54. <p>
  55. FSFE is also pushing for <a href="/activities/os/">Open Standards</a>, which
  56. are key to interoperability and as such FSFE promotes their adoption, especially through the <a href="/news/2009/news-20091127-01.en.html">revision of the European Interoperability Framework</a>.
  57. </p>
  58. <h2>Other ongoing activities</h2>
  59. <ul>
  60. <li><a href="/campaigns/horizon2020/horizon2020.en.html">Horizon 2020</a></li>
  61. <li><a href="/activities/policy/fp7/fp7.en.html">7th EC Framework Programme</a></li>
  62. <li><a href="/campaigns/ipred2/ipred2.en.html">IPRED 2 - Criminalisation of copyright and trademark infringement</a></li>
  63. <li><a href="/campaigns/self/self.en.html">SELF (Science, Education and Learning in Freedom)</a></li>
  64. </ul>
  65. <h2>What we achieved</h2>
  66. <ul>
  67. <li><a href="/activities/ms-vs-eu/ms-vs-eu.en.html">FSFE and the antitrust case against Microsoft</a> (2001-2007)</li>
  68. <li><a href="/activities/policy/fp6/fp6.en.html">6th EC Framework Programme</a> (2002)</li>
  69. </ul>
  70. <h2>Related news</h2>
  71. <ul>
  72. <li><a href="/news/2009/news-20091216-01.html">2009/12/16: FSFE welcomes greater user choice in browsers, warns that Free Software is excluded from interoperability</a></li>
  73. <li><a href="/news/2009/news-20091127-01.html">2009/11/27: EC caves in to proprietary lobbyists on interoperability</a></li>
  74. <li><a href="/news/2009/news-20091109-02.html">2009/11/09: FSFE in battle for European interoperability
  75. </a></li>
  76. <li><a href="/news/2009/news-20091008-01.html">2009/10/08: Microsoft settlement leaves Free Software in the cold
  77. </a></li>
  78. <li><a href="/news/2009/news-20091006-01.html">2009/10/06: Microsoft antitrust case: FSFE offers analysis to European Commission
  79. </a></li>
  80. <li><a href="/news/2009/news-20090728-01.html">2009/07/28: EU browser case: FSFE says details of settlement will be crucial
  81. </a></li>
  82. <li><a href="/news/2009/news-20090227-01.html">2009/02/27: FSFE engages in the EU browser case
  83. </a></li>
  84. </ul>
  85. <h2>Documents and Publications</h2>
  86. <ul>
  87. <li><p><strong><a href="20110429.CollectiveRedress.Response.FSFE.pdf">FSFE's contribution on collective redress (2011-04-30)</a></strong><br/> to the European Commission's <a href="">public consultation</a> "Towards a coherent European approach to collective redress".
  88. </p></li>
  89. <li><p><strong><a href="20110418.ProcurementConsultation.FSFE.response.pdf">FSFE's contribution on public procurement of Free Software (2011-04-18)</a></strong><br/> to the European Commission's <a href="">public consultation</a> on "modernisation of EU public procurement policy".
  90. </p></li>
  91. <li><p><strong><a href="20100930-NetNeutrality.Consultation.pdf">FSFE's submission on Net Neutrality (2010-09-30)</a></strong><br/> to the European Commission's <a href="">public consultation</a> on "open internet and net neutrality".
  92. </p></li>
  93. <li><p><b><a href="/activities/os/ps.en.html">Analysis on balance: Standardisation and Patents</a></b> (2008-12-02)<br />
  94. Following up on the "<a href="">IPR in ICT Standardisation</a>" Workshop two weeks ago in Brussels, FSFE president <a href="/about/greve/">Georg Greve</a> analysed the conflicts between patents and standards. The resulting paper is about the most harmful effects of patents on standards, the effectiveness of current remedies, and potential future remedies.
  95. </p></li>
  96. <li><p><b><a href="/documents/eur5greve.en.html">Free Software in Europe - European perspectives and work of the FSF
  97. Europe</a></b> (2003-05-20)<br />
  98. An article explaining the large-scale beneficial aspects of Free Software
  99. in multiple areas and how Europe and the European countries can benefit
  100. from Free Software.
  101. (<a href="">Published</a>
  102. in the
  103. <a href="">Spring 2003</a>
  104. issue of the
  105. <a href="">Public Service Review - European Union</a>
  106. with a foreword by Romano Prodi)
  107. </p></li>
  108. <li><p><b><a href="/activities/policy/fp6/lafis.en.html">FP6 EOI: LAFIS - LAying the Foundations for the Information
  109. Society</a></b> (2002-06-04)<br /></p></li>
  110. <li><p><b><a href="/activities/policy/fp6/focal.en.html">FP6 EOI: FOCAL - FOcussing Competence for Advantages of
  111. Liberty</a></b> (2002-06-04)<br /></p></li>
  112. <li><p><b><a href="/activities/policy/fp6/recommendation.en.html">Recommendation by the FSFE and supporting parties</a></b> (2002-04-30)<br />
  113. for the <a href="/activities/policy/fp6/fp6.en.html">6th framework programme</a>
  114. </p></li>
  115. </ul>
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