The European Commission on Thursday adopted new rules for the distribution of open source software. This decision aims to facilitate the transmission of the Commission in order to make its software source code accessible to the public for the benefit of public services, businesses and citizens, in a shorter timeframe and with less paperwork.
The adoption of the new rules follows a recent Commission study on the economic impact of open source software and hardware on the EU economy, which found that investing in open source software pays off. average four times more yield.
An example of the use of open source is Legislation Editing Open Software (LEOS), an open source tool used throughout the Commission to draft legal texts. The tool, initially designed for the Commission, is currently being developed in close partnership with Germany, Spain and Greece.
Commenting on the decision, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration, said:
âOpen source offers great advantages in an area where the EU can play a leading role. The new rules will increase transparency and help the Commission, as well as citizens, businesses and public services across Europe, to benefit from the development of open source software. â
Hahn further said that the collective efforts to improve the software and co-create new functionality reduce the cost to the company, adding that it “may also improve security as external and independent specialists verify the software for bugs and security vulnerabilities “.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:
âThe Commission intends to lead by example in Europe’s digital transition. With the new rules, the Commission will bring significant value to businesses, start-ups, innovators, citizens and public administrations by making its software solutions freely accessible. This decision will also stimulate innovation, thanks to the Commission code available to the public. “
The rules are in line with the Commission’s Open Source Software Strategy 2020-2023, through which it set the vision for harnessing the transformational potential of open source.