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EU governments consider open source for contracts

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.

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.

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.

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