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<title>EU Declaration of Digital Rights &amp; Principles: Free Software should be included</title>
<h1>EU Declaration of Digital Rights &amp; Principles: Free Software should be included </h1>
On 26 January 2022, the European Commission presented its proposal for
the EU Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles which will serve
as a reference point in the future and as a common EU vision of our
digital rights. The declaration is now being discussed in the European
Parliament and Council, and Free Software should become part of it.
Built on the Berlin and Tallinn declarations, this proposal aims
to lay the groundwork for a consistent framework that will serve
as a guideline and a reference point for the ongoing and future
digital transformation of Europe. These aforementioned
declarations already refer to Free Software ("Open Source" in
their text) when it comes to digital sovereignty and
interoperability, while they also demand more use of "Open Source"
and strengthening the requirement for its use.
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At the moment, the text of the EU Declaration of Digital Rights and
Principles is being discussed in the European Parliament and
European Council. The FSFE has been following the process and
making sure to share its input and demands so that the wording of
the final text is in line with previous frameworks with regard to
the use and promotion of Free Software.
Recently, the JURI and LIBE committees have agreed on including
wording that is aligned with our demands in their amendments to
the text. In Chapter II, covering solidarity and inclusion, the
LIBE Committee has included a reference on the support of "Open
source solutions whenever possible". In Chapter III about freedom
of choice and Chapter IV, called Participation in the digital
public space, the JURI Committee has included also the promotion
of "Open source" standards and a reference to the need of
interoperability and transparency of digital technologies via the
promotion of "Open Source".
From now on, we will make sure these additions to the text will be
defined and clarified, and that they find their way into the final
position of the European Parliament. It is important that Free
Software becomes part of this declaration because it may guide
Europe's digital transformation into an empowering, transparent,
and open environment.
For the last five years, the FSFE has been advocating for
publicly financed software made publicly available under a Free
Software licence. With its <a href="">Public
Money? Public Code!</a> initiative, the FSFE has the goal, among
others, to raise awareness of the benefits that Free Software can
offer such as saving long-term costs, boosting the local economy,
transparency, and more. Including Free Software in the EU
Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles would be an important
milestone for software freedom and for Europe's digital
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