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  4. <title>Open Letter on transparency to President of the European Parliament</title>
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  7. <h1>Open Letter on transparency to President of the European Parliament</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Free Software Foundation Europe and <a
  9. href="http://www.openrightsgroup.org/">Open Rights Group</a> have sent
  10. an <a href="/activities/os/transparency-letter">open letter</a> <a href="
  11. http://download.fsfe.org/letters/20130716.Letter.Schulz.pdf">[pdf]</a> to the
  12. President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. Mr Schulz has <a
  13. href="http://epfsug.eu/wws/arc/epfsug/2013-07/msg00041/Letter_President_Schulz_Free_Software.pdf">recently
  14. been asked</a> [pdf] to produce a study on transparency within the
  15. Parliament. </p>
  16. <p> In their letter, the civil society groups are offering Mr
  17. Schulz their help in this effort. They are also suggesting a number
  18. of questions that should be considered in the report on
  19. transparency, such as
  20. <ul>
  21. <li>As the Parliament is held to a standard of "utmost
  22. transparency", would it be obliged to make public the source code of
  23. the software it uses?</li>
  24. <li>How can the Parliament use Free Software and Open Standards to
  25. make sure that citizens have full and unfettered access to all
  26. documents produced by the Parliament?</li>
  27. <li>What can the Parliament do to make videos of its proceedings
  28. available to citizens without requiring them to install non-free
  29. software? </li>
  30. <li>Does the requirement for "utmost transparency" also cover the
  31. Parliament's procurement of software?</li>
  32. </ul>
  33. </p>
  34. <blockquote><p>"We appreciate the Parliament's commitment to
  35. transparency," says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President. "It is
  36. essential for democracy in Europe that citizens have the fullest
  37. possible access to parliamentary proceedings, and to the tools
  38. which the Parliament uses to make the laws that govern us all."</p></blockquote>
  39. <p>
  40. Open Rights Group and FSFE look forward to assisting the European Parliament in the
  41. preparation of the transparency study.
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