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Where new European Commission leaders stand on open source - At this writing, the European Parliament is wrapping up committee hearings and votes to approve or reject the proposed slate of new European Commissioners and Vice Presidents put forward in September by European Commission (EC) President-elect Jean Claude Juncker. These men and women (one from each of the 28 countries in the European Union), if approved by the Parliament, will lead and manage the activities of the Directorates General (DGs), which function as the EC's departments or ministries.

What do we know about the proposed leaders who will direct the EC's information and communication technology (ICT) policy? And what familiarity do they have with—and how may they approach—issues concerning open source software and open standards?