NL: Use of Open Source software requires no European IT tenders

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| European public administrations that want to use software that is offered for
| free, such as Open Source software, do not need to organise a call for
| tender.
|
| [...]
|
| According to Wijnen-Meijer the translation is well-received. "At a recent
| Open Source conference in the US, copies were picked up quickly by companies.
| We also have had requests from cities and ministries in Germany and Greece."
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http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7549


Related:

Dutch "government ISV" adds ODF support

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| Apparently the adoption of ODF by the City of Heerenveen and the City of
| Groningen had some impact on the decision. *
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http://blogs.sun.com/dancer/entry/du...t_isv_adds_odf


FOSS in Dutch government

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| There will be an office where people can complain if they cannot communicate
| with the government using open standards. So non-compliance of government
| agencies will be measured. *
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http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/3142


Dutch government threatens to sideline Microsoft

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| Proposed legislation that would mandate the use of the Open Document Format
| (ODF) across the entire Dutch government has infuriated Microsoft.
|
| [...]
|
| Microsoft Netherlands has engaged in fierce lobbying in an attempt to derail
| the plan. The company argues that the current definition is too narrow,
| specifically by mandating ODF rather than open standards in general *
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http://www.macworld.com/news/2007/12...ex.phpon-linux


Netherlands Picks ODF

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| Frank Heemskerk, Minister of Economic Affairs, announced today that ODF will
| be the standard for reading, publishing and the exchange of information for
| all governmental organisations. The deadline is January 2009. *
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http://gotze.eu/2007/09/netherlands-picks-odf.html