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<h1>Open Letter on transparency to President of the European Parliament</h1>
<p>Free Software Foundation Europe and <a
href="http://www.openrightsgroup.org/">Open Rights Group</a> have sent
an <a href="/freesoftware/standards/transparency-letter">open letter</a> <a href="
https://download.fsfe.org/letters/20130716.Letter.Schulz.pdf">[pdf]</a> to the
President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. Mr Schulz has <a
href="http://epfsug.eu/wws/arc/epfsug/2013-07/msg00041/Letter_President_Schulz_Free_Software.pdf">recently
been asked</a> [pdf] to produce a study on transparency within the
Parliament. </p>
<p> In their letter, the civil society groups are offering Mr
Schulz their help in this effort. They are also suggesting a number
of questions that should be considered in the report on
transparency, such as
<ul>
<li>As the Parliament is held to a standard of "utmost
transparency", would it be obliged to make public the source code of
the software it uses?</li>
<li>How can the Parliament use Free Software and Open Standards to
make sure that citizens have full and unfettered access to all
documents produced by the Parliament?</li>
<li>What can the Parliament do to make videos of its proceedings
available to citizens without requiring them to install non-free
software? </li>
<li>Does the requirement for "utmost transparency" also cover the
Parliament's procurement of software?</li>
</ul>
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<blockquote><p>"We appreciate the Parliament's commitment to
transparency," says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President. "It is
essential for democracy in Europe that citizens have the fullest
possible access to parliamentary proceedings, and to the tools
which the Parliament uses to make the laws that govern us all."</p></blockquote>
<p>
Open Rights Group and FSFE look forward to assisting the European Parliament in the
preparation of the transparency study.
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