EU FOSS Policy Meeting and Open Letter signing

11 October 2019

Author: Paula Grzegorzewska

On 26 September, OpenForum Europe together with the Free Software Foundation Europe hosted our EU FOSS policy meeting, which brought together stakeholders from across the EU and policymakers from the EU institutions. We stated our goal for this event – to reinvigorate the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) advocacy in Brussels – already at our Pre-FOSDEM event.

There is a rapid interest in the adoption and use of Free and Open Source Software, both from the market players and within the European Institutions, so we see it as a good time to move towards coordinated, proactive advocacy to share a common understanding of the challenges we face. That is why OFE, together with key FOSS stakeholders across Europe, signed an Open Letter providing  Policy Recommendations on Free and Open Source Software. 

This letter and our preceding deliberations provided the shared platform, from which we discussed the key steps we need to take. Not just to grow FOSS in Europe, but to make sure that it is correctly acknowledged as a key technology driving the European transformation.