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"Written Declaration" on Open Source in the EU

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| I've written before how worthwhile it is contacting your MEPs about open
| source and related matters. Well, here's another opportunity. Some
| enlightened MEPs have crafted “Written Declaration 0046/2008” urging the
| European Union to step up its support of free software.



EU: EC considers study on migration to Open Source

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| The European Commission is considering doing research on whether it should
| migrate to Open Source software, the EC's director of corporate IT solutions
| and services, Christos Ellinides, told Reuters in an interview.


EU Says Governments Could Bar Microsoft From Bidding

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| Governments contracting IT work could conclude that Microsoft's antitrust
| history constitutes "grave professional misconduct" and ban the company,
| according to the European Commission.


EU: Europarlement testing Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox

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| The European Parliament's IT department is testing the use of GNU/Linux
| distribution Ubuntu, OpenOffice, Firefox and other Open Source applications,
| the British MEP James Nicholson explained last week in a letter to Italian
| MEP Marco Cappato.


Is Microsoft Now Banned from EU Contracts?


EC probes OOXML standards-setting process

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| A spokesman for the European Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, told
| The Register that regulators were continuing to scrutinise interoperability
| issues related to Microsoft’s products following complaints from the
| Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) group.
| As part of that process, the EC formally contacted a number of national
| standards bodies, including the Norwegian Standards Institute (NSI),
| requesting more details about possible irregularities in the OOXML
| standardisation process.
| [...]
| “It must be stressed that it is not the Commission's intention to influence
| the outcome of this process, but the Commission considers it essential to
| ensure that European competition law is not violated in the course of the
| standard setting process,” he said in an email to El Reg.
| In January the EC began formal anti-trust probes against Microsoft in two
| cases where it was alleged that the multinational firm had abused its strong
| market position. As part of the investigation into the first case, the
| Commission said that it would scrutinise OOXML on the grounds that the
| specification doesn't work with those of competitors.

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