[A2k] Free Software related events in the EP 9 and 10 July

Erik Josefsson erik.hjalmar.josefsson at gmail.com
Fri Jul 12 03:43:46 PDT 2013


Dear all,

There were some Free Software related events taking place in the EP on 9
and 10 July.

Earth Connections and Small Networks: A Greens/EFA workshop in the
European Parliament (9 July):

    http://www.greens-efa.eu/earth-connections-and-small-networks-10200.html
    http://greenmediabox.eu/archive/2013/07/09/earth-connections-and-small-networks/

9 July JURI Workshop - Legal aspects of free and open source software:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI1CoeqyD5o
    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/juri/events.html?id=workshops#menuzone
    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20130709-1530-COMMITTEE-JURI
    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/document/activities/cont/201307/20130708ATT69346/20130708ATT69346EN.pdf

Letter to Schulz on Free Software and Open Standards (10 July):

    http://epfsug.eu/wws/arc/epfsug/2013-07/msg00041/Letter_President_Schulz_Free_Software.pdf

Please note that the first request in the letter above covers quite some
ground:

  * use of Free Software in EP
  * users of Free Software in EP
  * citizen interaction with EP with Free Software
  * EPs procurement activities wrt Free Software

The second request one is more legal and maybe more fundamental: "the
full study on Parliament's obligations, in particular under Rule 103 of
its Rules of Procedure, with regard to Free Software and Open
Standards". This is Rule 103:

    Rule 103  : Transparency of Parliament's activities
    1.Parliament shall ensure that its activities are conducted with the
    utmost transparency, in accordance with the second paragraph of
    Article 1 of the Treaty on European Union, Article 15 of the Treaty
    on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 42 of the
    Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+RULES-EP+20120110+RULE-103+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN&navigationBar=YES

I would expect that the study would conclude, among other things, that
if the EP would use software under a licence that does not prohibit
publication of its source code, then the EP is obliged to make that
source code publicly available upon request. But it is not impossible
that it can also cover the surveillance issues mentioned in the JURI
workshop. That the EP should be transparent to citizens does not mean
that an NSA needs to know which MEPs or debates citizens are interested in.

Best regards.

//Erik



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