The European Commission has announced plans to make its software solutions open source. On the heels of a recent report detailing the impact of open source, the Commission has adopted new rules that will “enable its software solutions to be publicly accessible whenever there are potential benefits for citizens, companies or other public services.”
“The new rules will increase transparency and help the Commission, as well as citizens, companies and public services across Europe, benefit from open source software development. Pooling of efforts to improve the software and the co-creation of new features lowers costs for the society, as we also benefit from the improvements made by other developers. This can also enhance security as external and independent specialists check software for bugs and security flaws, said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration, in the announcement.
The European Commission will make its software available as open source in a single repository to facilitate access and reuse.