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  4. <title>European Free Software Policy Meeting 2016</title>
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  7. <h1>European Free Software Policy Meeting 2016</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Traditionally, Brussels is the place to go for Free Software enthusiasts
  9. and developers at the end of January. During <a href="http://fosdem.org">FOSDEM</a>,
  10. hundreds of experts talk about their beloved project and discuss the past,
  11. present and future of Open Source. It is a great place for meeting like-minded people.</p>
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  13. <a href="/graphics/2016-policy-meeting-reda-damas.jpg">
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  17. <p>At the afternoon before the start of the conference, the <a href="https://fsfe.org">Free Software Foundation Europe</a> and <a href="https://openforumeurope.org">OpenForum Europe</a> organised a meeting of representatives of Free Software related
  18. action groups of all sorts. 19 organisations were present. The purpose of
  19. the meeting was to learn about each others activities, with an emphasis
  20. on public policy related actions.</p>
  21. <p>It was great to have Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament,
  22. with us at the meeting. She spoke about the Parliament's initiative to
  23. ask the Commission to take an initiative to improve the quality control
  24. practices around essential Free and Open Software used in critical
  25. infrastructures <a href="https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/community/eu-fossa/home">(FOSSA)</a>
  26. and about the support for Free Software as expressed in
  27. <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&amp;reference=P8-TA-2016-0009&amp;language=EN&amp;ring=A8-2015-0371">the Parliament's report on the Digital Single Market initiative</a>
  28. of the Commission. In this report, the Parliament:</p>
  29. <ul>
  30. <li><p>"Considers that software providers should better promote the
  31. security advantages of open source software and security-related software
  32. upgrades to users; calls on the Commission to explore an EU-wide
  33. coordinated vulnerability disclosure programme, including the repair of
  34. known software vulnerabilities, as a remedy against the abuse of software
  35. vulnerabilities and security and personal data breaches".</p></li>
  36. <li><p>"Urges the Commission and the Council to increase the share of
  37. free and open source software and its reuse in and between public
  38. administrations as a solution to increase interoperability".</p></li>
  39. <li><p>"Calls for the increased use of free and open source software,
  40. particularly in educational establishments and public administrations".</p></li>
  41. </ul>
  42. <p>Pierre Damas, a representative of the IT department of the European
  43. Commission presented the <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/informatics/oss_tech/index_en.htm">Open
  44. Source Software strategy of the Commission</a>, demonstrating the importance
  45. Free Software has for the Commission's IT infrastructure and the
  46. commitment of the Commission to use Open Source Software as the basis
  47. for all software development that has the potential to be re-used
  48. elsewhere.</p>
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  50. <a href="/graphics/2016-policy-meeting-groups.jpg">
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  54. <p>Each of the organisations present made a short presentation on the
  55. nature of the organisation and on its major public policy related campaigns.
  56. As major policy issues came forward the lack of possibilities to offer
  57. Free Software in public tendering procedures, mainly due to lock-in effect
  58. and the use of non-open standards and proprietary formats and the
  59. continuous pressure of big proprietary software providers on politicians
  60. to reverse decisions that favour the use of Open Source Software in public
  61. administrations. Many organisations are also interested to work around
  62. the question if software the development of which is paid for by taxpayer's
  63. money should, in principle, be made available under a Open Source/Free
  64. Software license which grants everybody the right to use it for any
  65. purpose, to study how it works, to share it with others, and to improve
  66. it.</p>
  67. <p>We agreed that we have to continue working on the goals we share and
  68. exchange information with each other. To do so we will set up a
  69. mailinglist to continue discussions between the participants, and other
  70. groups working on Open Source policy issues in Europe. In order to maintain
  71. this collaboration, we are determined to make the pre-FOSDEM meeting a
  72. tradition, so Free Software groups can meet up and exchange views and
  73. ideas.</p>
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  80. <tag contet="European Parliament">European Parliament</tag>
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