Ministers at the European Ministerial eGovernment Meeting and Conference are poised to commit to putting open-source software on the same footing as Microsoft software when government contracts are awarded.
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The fifth of these meetings, which take place every year, is being held in Malmo, Sweden. The UK is represented by Cabinet Office minister Angela Smith.
The ministers will sign a declaration which sets out the goals for Europe-wide IT issues for the next five years.
"The declaration, which has been negotiated by the Cabinet Office, includes commitments to putting open-source solutions on an equal footing when it comes to awarding government contracts, and to making non-personal government data publicly available for re-use," said the Cabinet Office.
Both policies have already been adopted by the UK government.