Europe pledges support for open source government solutions to help achieve ambitious governmental digitisation goals
In what must rank as one of its most significant endorsements, open source software (OSS) has been explicitly recognised as a key driver towards achieving ambitious governmental digitisation goals by ministers from 32 countries in the European Union and the European Free Trade Area.
Lovegrove points out that perhaps the most significant development for open source was the explicit endorsement of the role OSS must play in governmental digitisation. The declaration states that the signatory countries will "make more use of open source solutions and/or open standards when (re)building ICT systems and solutions (among else, to avoid vendor lock-ins), including those developed and/or promoted by EU programmes for interoperability and standardisation".
It also calls on the European Commission to consider "strengthening the requirements for use of open source solutions and standards when (the) (re)building of ICT systems and solutions takes place with EU funding, including by an appropriate open licence policy – by 2020".