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<p style="text-indent:1em; font-size:150%; padding-top:0.5em;">Table of content</p>
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<p style="text-indent:1em; font-size:150%; padding-top:0.5em; font-weight: bold;">Table of content</p>
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<li><a href="#campaigns">Campaigns in 2018</a>
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<h2 id="campaigns">What we have done in 2018</h2>
<h2 id="campaigns">Campaigns in 2018</h2>

<h3 id="pmpc">Public Money? Public Code!</h3>

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<p>After a long and intense debate that we accompanied with our <a href="https://savecodeshare.eu/">Save Code Share</a> campaign, and after collecting more than 14.000 signatories for our open letter to avoid any negative impact for Free Software, <strong>we obtained some limited exclusion for Free Software</strong> in the text of the European Parliament's directive. With amendment 143 and 150 of the current copyright reform proposal, we now have at least an exclusion for “open source software developing platforms (..) within the meaning of this Directive”. However, the council proposed this exclusion to only be valid for “non-commercial open source software developing platforms”.</p>

<div id="picture"><img src="/picturebase/people/201803-malaja-reda-petition-article13-800px.jpeg" /><footer id="picture"><p>MEP Julia Reda receives more than 11.000 signatures against the dangerous impact of Article 13 from the FSFE's policy coordinator Polina Malaja.</p></footer></div>
<div id="picture" style="60%"><img src="/picturebase/people/201803-malaja-reda-petition-article13-800px.jpeg" /><footer id="picture"><p>MEP Julia Reda receives more than 11.000 signatures against the dangerous impact of Article 13 from the FSFE's policy coordinator Polina Malaja.</p></footer></div>
<p>Since the beginning of October the European Parliament and the Council have been in the Trialogue in which <strong>we keep raising our voices and demanding</strong> for an appropriated exception of commercial as well as non-commercial Free Software in the upcoming Copyright Reform package. Most likely, this debate will continue until the beginning of next year, so if you have not yet done so, back our demand and help keep a healthy environment for Free Software development by <a href="https://savecodeshare.eu/#sign-letter">signing our open letter</a> or <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/support">helping us finanicially</a>. </p>

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<p>The study has also made suggestions for alternatives and/or improvements for some of our main guidelines, which includes the proposal to use the so-called <a href="https://github.com/idm-suedtirol/reuse">“flight rules” developed by IDM-Südtirol</a>. The FSFE takes these criticisms to heart and works to improve on these guidelines in order to see greater compliance in the future, and greatly appreciate all feedback that can help us make this a reality.</p>

<div id="picture"><img src="/picturebase/miscellaneous/2018-screenshot-investigate-europe.png" /><footer id="picture"><p>The FSFE spent many hours explaining <a href="https://www.investigate-europe.eu">Investigate Europe</a>, an independent journalistic party, important details to help them understand concepts and benefits of Free Software and brought them in contact with experts from our network for their research for the documentary <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duaYLW7LQvg">"Microsoft-Software: Safe for Europe?"</a></p></footer></div>
<div id="picture"><img src="/picturebase/miscellaneous/2018-screenshot-investigate-europe2.png" /><footer id="picture"><p>The FSFE spent many hours explaining <a href="https://www.investigate-europe.eu">Investigate Europe</a>, an independent journalistic party, important details to help them understand concepts and benefits of Free Software and brought them in contact with experts from our network for their research for the documentary <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duaYLW7LQvg">"Microsoft-Software: Safe for Europe?"</a></p></footer></div>



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<h2 id="eventsorganised">Events we organised and participated in</h2>


<p>The FSFE participates in public events to spread the message of Free Software. We are <strong>organising more and more successful events on our own</strong>, and extending our presence at events organised by others. In 2018 we participated with informative booths and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/FreeSoftwareFoundationEurope">talks</a> at <a href="https://fsfe.org/events/events.html">more than 40 events</a> in ten European Countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Sweden).</p>
<p>The FSFE participates in public events to spread the message of Free Software. We are <strong>organising more and more successful events on our own</strong>, and extending our presence at events organised by others. In 2018 we participated with informative booths and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC68ldbHwL_-5qzETqOaAMWQ">talks</a> at <a href="https://fsfe.org/events/events.html">more than 40 events</a> in ten European Countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Sweden).</p>


<div id="picture"><a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/LSMandCommunityMeeting2018"><img src="/picturebase/booths/201807-booth-at-rmll-800px.jpg" /></a><footer id="picture"><p>Community members at the FSFE booth during LSM / RMLL 2018</p></footer></div>

<p>In July, we combined <a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/LSMandCommunityMeeting2018">our annual community meeting</a> with the FSFE's presence at the Libre Software Meeting (aka Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre) in Strasbourg, France. The Libre Software Meeting is a community-driven Free Software meeting in France, and the FSFE had the chance to run its own freedom-related track during the conference. Our community meeting is the <strong>annual event to bring together our community across Europe</strong> for a weekend to discuss and set the FSFE's agenda for the months to come. </p>
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<p>In April, the FSFE led its <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2018/news-20180530-02">annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW)</a>, a 3-day conference in Barcelona, Spain, and a <strong>meeting point for world-leading legal experts to remove legal barriers for Free Software adoption</strong>, as well as to debate issues and best practices surrounding Free Software licences. In 2018, an estimated 120 legal experts enjoyed an unprecedented amount of parallel tracks and interactive sessions designed to dive into the most contentious topics in the legal world of Free Software.</p>

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<p><strong>In the FSFE's community, we appreciate all the people who help us on different levels</strong> with their respective skills on our path towards a society where users are in control of their technology. With this in mind in 2018, some ten thousand people, from Europe and beyond, are supporting the FSFE by spreading our word, signing our open letters about <a href="https://publiccode.eu">Public Money? Public Code!</a> and <a href="http://savecodeshare.eu/">Save Code Share</a>, subscribing to our <a href="https://lists.fsfe.org/mailman/listinfo/newsletter-en">newsletter</a>  and mailing lists, and joining <a href="https://fsfe.org/contact/community.html">our public discussions</a> about Free Software and FSFE. </p>

<p>For those who feel inspired by the FSFE and would like to help keep the FSFE running with their official support, <strong>we offer a supporter programme</strong>, <a href="https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20171116-01.html">previously known as the Fellowship programme</a>. The supporter programme includes a financial contribution to the FSFE and is crucial to our success. <a href="https://my.fsfe.org/support">Joining the supporters program</a> is as easy as any online transaction and it is said to bring good karma!</p>


<div id="picture"><a href="https://my.fsfe.org/support"><img src="/picturebase/people/201808-community-meeting-rmll-800px.jpg" /></a><footer id="picture"><p>FSFE supporters at the community meeting 2018 in Strasbourg, France</p></footer></div>
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<source media="screen and (min-device-width:1000px)" type="video/mp4; codecs=&quot;avc1.42E01E, mp4a.40.2&quot;" src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/supporter/bernhard_360p_28_a1m.mp4"></source>
<source media="screen and (min-device-width:1000px)" type="video/webm; codecs=&quot;vp9, opus&quot;" src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/supporter/bernhard_360p_200_a16.webm"></source>
<source media="screen and (max-device-width:999px)" type="video/mp4; codecs=&quot;avc1.42E01E, mp4a.40.2&quot;" src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/supporter/bernhard_mobile.mp4"></source>
<source media="screen and (max-device-width:999px)" type="video/webm; codecs=&quot;vp9, opus&quot;" src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/supporter/matthias_mobile.webm"></source>
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<p>Last but not least, the FSFE is proud to have highly motivated people around Europe, without whose help the FSFE could not operate in the size and outreach that we have. <strong>These volunteers work in the core of our activities and are an integral part of our community</strong>. Some of them come together in our <a href="https://fsfe.org/about/team#eu-core-team">European Core Team</a>, others coordinate our <a href="lhttps://fsfe.org/about/localteams">country or local groups</a>, and countless volunteers <a href="https://fsfe.org/events/events">run FSFE booths and give talks</a>. They help spreading our <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/spreadtheword">promotional material</a> as well as telling friends, families and colleagues about Free Software in Europe. All of them shape the FSFE community. If you would like to become an integral part of our community <a href="https://fsfe.org/contribute/contribute">read about how you can contribute</a>.</p>
<div id="picture"><a href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/Events/LSMandCommunityMeeting2018"><img src="/picturebase/booths/201807-booth-at-rmll-800px.jpg" /></a><footer id="picture"><p>Community members at the FSFE booth during LSM / RMLL 2018</p></footer></div>




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<h2 id="2019">Looking forward into 2019</h2>



<p>2019 will be another exciting year for software freedom and the Free Software Foundation Europe. On the European level, the FSFE will start the year by further explaining to actors, who are involved in the copyright reform, that Free Software can always be commercial as well as non-commercial, thereby removing barriers for Free Software in Europe. Later in the year, and still before the <strong>European Parliament's elections</strong>, we will get in contact with the candidates running for office and explain to them the benefits of <strong>"Public Money? Public Code!"</strong>. In parallel, we will raise our voices in the debate about the next European Framework Research Programme, called "Horizon Europe", to ensure that releasing publicly financed software under free licenses becomes an integral part of "Horizon Europe", as well as a general condition for publicly financed science inside the European Union.</p>

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<source media="screen and (min-device-width:1000px)" type="video/webm; codecs=&quot;vp9, opus&quot;" src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/supporter/matthias_360p_200_a16.webm"></source>
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<source media="screen and (max-device-width:999px)" type="video/webm; codecs=&quot;vp9, opus&quot;" src="https://download.fsfe.org/videos/supporter/matthias_mobile.webm"></source>
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<p>On the member states level, <strong>there will be elections in many European countries</strong>, such as in Switzerland, Albania, Netherlands, Greece, and Spain. We want to accompany as many of them as possible with electoral campaigns to make sure political decision makers understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency, self-determination, as well as economic well-being, and that they vote accordingly in future. </p>

<p>To bring more Free Software to small and medium-sized enterprises and its employees, we are part of <a href="http://foss4smes.eu">FOSS4SMEs</a>. Together with our partners, we are going to create e-learning courses for managers and workers to teach them about the origins and benefits of software freedom. Our goal is that SMEs can make an informed decision and, if SMEs want to use or develop software, that <strong>Free Software is their preferred choice</strong>. Stay tuned for first releases in 2019!</p>
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<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Your Free Software Foundation Europe</p>
<div id="picture"><a href="https://my.fsfe.org/support"><img src="/picturebase/people/201808-community-meeting-rmll-800px.jpg" /></a><footer id="picture"><p>FSFE supporters at the community meeting 2018 in Strasbourg, France</p></footer></div>



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