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MEPs want Commission to disclose details of proprietary software deal

OSOR - Four Members of the European Parliament today asked the European Commission to disclose the details on the awarding of a contract for proprietary software licences for the operating system of its 36.000 desktop computers. The MEPs say that the Commission's contract procedure is excluding all software vendors but one.

With their questions, the MEPs Bart Staes, Indrek Tarand, Eva Lichtenberger and Heide Rühle (Greens/European Free Alliance), respond to a decision taken by the Commission in December to update to the latest version of Microsoft's Windows desktop PC operating system.

The MEPs point out that the software deal is contradicting statements made earlier by the European Commission that public administrations should not rely on a single vendor and that this is a waste of public money.