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MEPs pressure European Commission into open source review

PublicTendering.com - The European Commission (EC) is reviewing its open source strategy following continued pressure from MEPs to justify its ongoing expenditure on proprietary software. The revelation was made as the EC prepares to renew a controversial €48.9m contract with Fujitsu for Microsoft software on at least 36,000 PCs operated by the Commission and other official European bodies.

The Commission said in an answer to a question put by the European Parliament, “For nearly 10 years the Commission published at regular intervals its strategy for the internal use of OSS [open source software]. The Commission is now reviewing the current version of its strategy document, which will be re-published once it is updated.”

The review would have implications for IT procurement, it said.