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France parliamentary committee: 'encourage European open source software market

Joinup - Europe should encourage the market for free source software solutions, using public procurement and by making open standards mandatory, recommends a French parliamentary committee. Using free software is strategic as it increases IT security, reduces economic dependencies and fights rent-seeking by closed source software vendors. To avoid straining innovation, the committee also advises against European patents on software.

On 9 July the committee, headed by Senator Catherine Morin-Desailly, published its final report, "Nouveau rôle et nouvelle stratégie pour l’Union européenne dans la gouvernance mondiale de l’Internet" (New role and new strategy for the European Union in the global governance of the Internet). The committee stresses that Europe should increase its influence in the governance of the Internet.