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<h1>Illegal procurement favouring Microsoft killed in Portuguese court</h1>
<p>On April 27, the administrative court of Almada, Portugal, declared a 550, 000 Euro contract between Microsoft and the municipality of Almada <a href="/news/2013/court-act-portugal.pdf">to be illegal</a>. The technical specifications of the competition launched by the municipality prevented any company other than Microsoft and their partners to submit a proposal.</p>
<p>This ruling is especially significant as it clarifies that a widely used procurement procedure is illegal. The procedure specified the name of Microsoft products instead of their general functional and technical requirements.</p>
<p>Unfair tendering practices in Portugal have been repeatedly denounced by FSFE's Associate Organisation <a href="https://ansol.org/">ANSOL</a> and the <a href="http://www.esop.pt/">Portuguese Open Source Business Association ESOP</a>, who brought the case to court. They violate fundamental rules of fair competition and systematically exclude companies that provide services based on Free Software.</p>
<p>FSFE welcome the court's decision, and calls on other European national courts to continue to systematically annul similarly discriminatory contracts.</p>
<h3>More information </h3>
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<li>The court's <a href="/news/2013/court-act-portugal.pdf">decision</a> (pt)</li>
<li>ESOP's <a href="http://www.esop.pt/court-annuls-public-tender-for-microsoft-software-in-the-municipality-of-almada/">press release</a> about the ruling</li>
<li>Open Forum Europe: <a href="http://www.openforumeurope.org/openprocurement">Discriminatory practices continue to plague IT public procurement across Europe</a></li>
<li><a href="https://download.fsfe.org/policy/procurement/20110418.ProcurementConsultation.FSFE.response.pdf">FSFE's Contribution</a> to the European Commission consultation on the modernisation of European Union public procurement policy </li>
<li>FSFE's work to <a href="/news/2012/news-20120619-01.html">improve public procurement in Finland</a></li>
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