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  4. <title>Open Standards under threat in Europe </title>
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  7. <h1>Open Standards under threat in Europe</h1>
  8. <h2>EIFv2: Updated analysis available</h2>
  9. <p newsteaser="yes">
  10. The European Commission is currently trying to get a new draft
  11. of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) approved by
  12. Member States. The draft gives rise to concerns that the
  13. Commission is giving up its worldwide leadership in the use of
  14. Open Standards, hurting innovation, competition and user freedom
  15. in Europe. FSFE has updated
  16. its <a href="http://fsfe.org/activities/os/eifv2.en.html">analysis
  17. page</a>, comparing the current draft with previous versions, as
  18. well as demands from a proprietary lobby group. Ahead of
  19. <a href="http://documentfreedom.org">Document Freedom Day</a> on
  20. March 31, FSFE is in conversation with EC and Member State
  21. decision makers to make them aware of the problem.
  22. </p>
  23. <p>
  24. Where the previous EIF included a relatively strong definition
  25. of Open Standards, the draft revision which FSFE has seen
  26. abandons the concept of Open Standards entirely. Free Software,
  27. previously a central concept, has been relegated to a single
  28. footnote.
  29. </p>
  30. <p>
  31. Background information is
  32. available <a href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/?p=324">here</a>. German
  33. IT news site heise.de also offers
  34. a <a href="http://www.heise.de/open/artikel/Weichgespuelte-Standards-fuer-Europa-966606.html">background
  35. story</a> in German.
  36. </p>
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  39. <tag>EIF</tag>
  40. <tag content="European Commission">EuropeanCommission</tag>
  41. <tag>Policy</tag>
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