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  4. <title>32 European ministers call for more Free Software in governmental infrastructure</title>
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  7. <h1>32 European ministers call for more Free Software in governmental infrastructure</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">On 6 October, 32 European Ministers in charge of eGovernment
  9. policy signed the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment that calls for more
  10. collaboration, interoperable solutions, and sharing of good practices
  11. throughout public administrations and across borders. Amongst other things,
  12. the EU ministers recognised the need to make more use of Free Software
  13. solutions and Open Standards when (re)building governmental digital
  14. systems with EU funds.</p>
  15. <p>The <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/document.cfm?doc_id=47559">Tallinn Declaration</a>,
  16. lead by the Estonian EU presidency, has been adopted on 6 October 2017.
  17. It is a ministerial declaration that marks a new political commitment
  18. at European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA) level on
  19. priorities to ensure user-centric digital public services for both citizens
  20. and businesses cross-border. While having no legislative power, the ministerial
  21. declaration marks a political commitment to ensure the digital transformation
  22. of public administrations through a set of commonly agreed principles
  23. and actions.</p>
  24. <p>The FSFE has previously submitted its <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20170710-01.html">input
  25. for the aforementioned declaration</a> during the public consultation
  26. round, asking for greater inclusion of Free Software in delivering truly
  27. inclusive, trustworthy and interoperable digital services to all citizens
  28. and businesses across the EU.</p>
  29. <p>The adopted Tallinn Declaration proves to be a forward-looking document
  30. that acknowledges the importance of Free Software in order to ensure the
  31. principle of 'interoperability by default', and expresses the will of
  32. all signed EU countries to:</p>
  33. <blockquote>
  34. <p>"make more use of open source solutions and/or open standards when
  35. (re)building ICT systems and solutions (among else, to avoid vendor
  36. lock-ins)[...]"</p>
  37. </blockquote>
  38. <p>Additionally, the signatories call upon the European Commission to:</p>
  39. <blockquote>
  40. <p>"consider strengthening the requirements for use of open source
  41. solutions and standards when (re)building of ICT systems and solutions
  42. takes place with EU funding, including by an appropriate open
  43. licence policy – by 2020."</p>
  44. </blockquote>
  45. <p>The last point is especially noteworthy, as it explicitly calls for
  46. the European Commission to make use of Free Software and Open Standards
  47. in building their ICT infrastructure with EU funds, which is in line with
  48. our <a href="https://publiccode.eu">"Public Money, Public Code" campaign</a>
  49. that is targeted at the demand for all publicly financed software developed
  50. for the public sector to be publicly made available under Free Software licences.</p>
  51. <div class="captioned" style="width:80%; margin: 1.5em auto;"><a href="https://publiccode.eu">
  52. <img src="/picturebase/miscellaneous/20171109-pmpc-we.en.png" alt="Public Money Public Code - quote" /></a>
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  54. <h2>What's next?</h2>
  55. <p>The Tallinn Declaration sets several deadlines for its implementation
  56. in the next few years: with the annual presentation on the progress of
  57. implementation of the declaration in the respective countries across
  58. the EU and EFTA through the eGovernment Action Plan Steering Board.
  59. The signatories also called upon the Austrian Presidency of the Council
  60. of the EU to evaluate the implementation of the Tallinn Declaration in
  61. autumn 2018.</p>
  62. <blockquote>
  63. <p>"The Declaration expresses the political will of the EU and
  64. EFTA countries to digitise their governments in the most user-friendly
  65. and efficient way. The fact that it explicitly recognises the role of
  66. Free Software and Open Standards for a trustworthy, transparent and open
  67. eGovernment on a high level, along with a demand for strengthened reuse
  68. of ICT solutions based on Free Software in the EU public sector, is a
  69. valuable step forward to establishing a <a href="https://publiccode.eu">"Public Money, Public Code"</a>
  70. reality across Europe", says Polina Malaja, the FSFE's policy analyst.</p>
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