[FSFE PR][EN] Illegal procurement favouring Microsoft killed in Portuguese court

Free Software Foundation Europe press at fsfeurope.org
Thu May 2 16:20:21 CEST 2013

= Illegal procurement favouring Microsoft killed in Portuguese court =

[Read online: http://fsfe.org/news/2013/news-20130429-01.en.html]

On April 27, the administrative court of Almada, Portugal, declared a
550, 000 Euro contract between Microsoft and the municipality of Almada
to be illegal. The technical specifications of the competition launched
by the municipality prevented any company other than Microsoft and their
partners to submit a proposal.

This ruling is especially significant as it clarifies that a widely used
procurement procedure is illegal. The procedure specified the name of
Microsoft products instead of their general functional and technical

Unfair tendering practices in Portugal have been repeatedly denounced by
FSFE's Associate Organisation ANSOL [1] and the Portuguese association
ESOP [2], who brought the case to court. They violate fundamental rules
of fair competition and systematically exclude companies that provide
services based on Free Software.

FSFE welcome the court's decision, and calls on other European national
courts to continue to systematically annul similarly discriminatory

[1] https://ansol.org/
[2] http://www.esop.pt/

== More information ==

- The court's decision


- ESOP's press release about the ruling


- Discriminatory practices continue to plague IT public procurement
across Europe (Open Forum Europe)


- FSFE's Contribution to the European Commission consultation on the
modernisation of European Union public procurement policy


- FSFE's work to improve procurement in Finland


== About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==

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involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in the
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