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  4. <title>MEPs vote for more Free Software in public sector</title>
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  7. <h1>MEPs vote for more Free Software in public sector</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes"> On 19 January, the European Parliament adopted
  9. its <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+TA+P8-TA-2016-0009+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN">own-initiative report "Towards a Digital Single Market"</a>
  10. in response to the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy.
  11. FSFE is glad to see that the Parliament took an affirmative attitude
  12. and a bolder stance towards the increased use of Free Software and
  13. its importance to digital single market.</p>
  14. <p>In particular:</p>
  15. <ul>
  16. <li><p>Paragraph 89 considers that software providers "should better promote
  17. the security advantages of open source software". </p></li>
  18. <li><p>Paragraph 110 urges the European Commission and the Council to
  19. "increase the share of free and open source software and its reuse in and
  20. between public administrations as a solution to increase interoperability".</p></li>
  21. <li><p>Paragraph 125 calls for "the increased use of free and open source
  22. software, particularly in educational establishments and public
  23. administrations". </p></li>
  24. </ul>
  25. <p>On not so positive side, the report stresses that the ability to
  26. license standard-essntial patents under FRAND licensing terms fosters
  27. innovation and preserves research, development and standardisation incentives despite the
  28. well-established fact that <a href="/activities/os/why-frand-is-bad-for-free-software.html"
  29. >FRAND licensing practices are harmful to Free Software</a>.</p>
  30. <p>FSFE nevertheless welcomes the adoption of the report and calls on the
  31. Commission to follow the Parliament's recommendations to increase the
  32. share and reuse of Free Software when pursuing the Digital Single Market
  33. initiatives.</p>
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