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  5. <title>FSFE: Lack of Open Standards "gaping hole" in EC's Digital Agenda</title>
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  8. <h1>Lack of Open Standards "gaping hole" in EC's Digital Agenda</h1>
  9. <p>
  10. The European Commission has officially <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=5826">published its long-awaited
  11. Digital Agenda</a>, outlining its policy plans for the next five years.
  12. "While it includes some important building blocks for Free Software, the
  13. omission of <a href="/activities/os/os.html">Open Standards</a> rips a gaping hole in this agenda," says
  14. Karsten Gerloff, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe.
  15. </p>
  16. <p>
  17. FSFE welcomes the Commision's plans to give standards a greater role
  18. in the public procurement of software, and to get dominant software
  19. vendors to license their interoperability information, opening up
  20. the software market for Free Software vendors.
  21. </p>
  22. <p>
  23. However, the Digital Agenda falls short of systematically promoting
  24. Free Software and Open Standards, missing the goals that the Member
  25. States have set for the Commission in the
  26. <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/10/137">Granada</a>
  27. and <a href=" http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/1738&amp;format=HTML&amp;aged=0&amp;language=EN&amp;guiLanguage=nl">Malmö</a>
  28. declarations. The Digital Agenda itself avoids any reference to Open
  29. Standards. Instead, the Commission points to the European
  30. Interoperability Framework. This is a document which is currently
  31. being systematically hollowed out, as <a href="/activities/os/eifv2.html">FSFE's analysis shows</a>.
  32. </p>
  33. <p>
  34. "The EC needs to adopt a strict definition of Open Standards, along the
  35. lines of the first European Interoperability Framework," says Gerloff.
  36. He continues: "The Commission needs to put Open Standards at the heart
  37. of its strategy for the public sector's IT systems. Only with the
  38. competition that Open Standards enable will we tap the full potential of
  39. Free Software for European innovation."
  40. </p>
  41. <h3>Press contact</h3>
  42. <p>
  43. Karsten Gerloff<br />
  44. President, Free Software Foundation Europe<br />
  45. Tel +49 176 9690 4298
  46. </p>
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