List of members or supporters and their statements


  1. Indrek Tarand, MEP: As a patron of EPFSUG, I protect EP members, staff and assistants who use and work with free software according to the statutes, and line with the rules and regulations of each members' contract with regards to the institutions providing for the information infrastructure in the Parliament.
  2. Nils Torvalds, MEP: I am a patron of EPFSUG for the following reason: Family!
  3. Christel Schaldemose, MEP: As a patron of EPFSUG, I support free software because that gives equal access to all citizens.
  4. Max Andersson, MEP: As a patron of EPFSUG I will promote Free Software and Open Standards in the European Parliament and other bodies that receive funding from the EU budget.

Former Patrons

  1. Amelia Andersdotter, MEP: As a patron of EPFSUG, I support the users of free software that work inside the institutions and are willing to explore ways of incorporating free software in their work routines.
  2. Alexander Alvaro, MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament: As a patron of EPFSUG, I support the principle of transparent democracy. European Citizens should therefore be able to equally participate in public debates and encouraged to communicate with Members, assistants and staff of the Parliament in an open and transparent way, regardless of the application and operating system that they're using.


  1. Erik Josefsson, group staff: As a member of EPFSUG, I am dedicated to use and work with free software within the remits of my capacity and competence as adviser on internet policies with the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament.
  2. Francisco Padilla, group staff: As a member of EPFSUG, I am a free software user since ten years. I would be happy to be able to use Free Software in the context of my job as an adviser for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament and in this context to contribute to the development of specific tools that would useful for information sharing and management in a cooperative spirit.
  3. David Morrison, group staff: As a member of EPFSUG, I am a free software user for 5 years. I currently use Free Software in the context of my work on my personal machine and would be happy to be able to use use Free Software in the context of my work with the Greens/EFA Group when using the the equipment of the European Parliament.
  4. Camilla Bursi, group staff: I am an occasional user of free software but convinced by the benefits they can provide in terms of efficiency and collaborative work. As a member of EPSUG I will use free software on my personal computer in the context of my work in the European Parliament and share my experience with other colleagues.
  5. Christian Meseth, EP administrator: As an EP administrator I am interested in using free software within the EP and I share the vision of the European Parliament setting an example as a public institution with regards to the use of free software and open standards.
  6. Johannes Woelfing, MEP assistant: I am a user of free software user for several years. I switched to free software, because I am fascinated by the idea of sharing knowledge as it is done within the different open source communities. Besides that the possibilities provided especially by ubuntu convinced me to stick to that decision. I think the use of free software in the parliament could increase our efficiency notably. Writing this mail the poor compatibility of the citrix client we are using with ubuntu reminds me of the urgent necessity of a free software user group in the European Parliament.
  7. Stefan Happer, EuroparlTV: By supporting the use of open-source software within the European Parliament I hope that the EP can deliver IT solutions faster and make internal clients more happy. My emphasis is on open-source solutions that have a wide-spread use throughout the internet, in order to facilitate exchanges and re-use. My own experience is mainly based on LAMP-projects and Drupal. I also think that there is a need to overcome the situation where for example PHP is blocked in-house but then DGs go for an external contractor who is free to use whatever is working for them - without the Parliament having any control or benefit of re-use.
  8. Benjamin Rey, EP administrator: I care about transparency, control over the software we use and taxpayers' money!
  9. Dimitrios Symeonidis, EP administrator: I want to help document and expand the use of FOSS inside the EP, and to participate in any EP activities regarding Open Standards.
  10. Mattias Bjärnemalm, MEP assistant: I use Free Software at home because it gives me both control and liberty. I want to be a member of EPFSUG so that the European Parliament where I work can have the same.
  11. Julien Bencze, MEP assistant: As I am in the middle of a vibrant global debate on excessive and expansive copyrights, it is important for me to also fight, in a concrete way, for software freedom in my working environment, and to support initiatives that advance public institutions' independence from corporate control and capture. Free software gives us fresh air in a world where everything is always more subject to property and merchandising. I believe it is a tool with great potential to boost civic awareness by encouraging the involvment of the individuals in the shaping and improvement of the collective good.
  12. Marko Ulvila, MEP assistant: Since late 1980's I have been a user and promoter of free software. I believe in benefits of a collaborative and open society and find the free software community an important force in making it happen. Joining the EP FSUG would help me to be informed and hopefully also to contribute.
  13. Jari Erholm, EP Administrator: I would like to become a member of EPFSUG because I am interested in looking at alternative ways to communicate in the European Parliament.
  14. Cristian Bulumac, group staff: I am a Free and Open-Source Software user who believes that the efforts of the FLOSS community should be supported in and by the European institutions, both by personal example and policy making. I believe that the FLOSS philosophy is the base for a better society, and that a change for better can start with small steps inside the EP.
  15. Esa Erävalo, MEP assistant: I am all in favour of open source free software.


  1. Jonatan Walck: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I share the vision of the Parliament setting an example as a public institution with regards to the use of free software and open standards.
  2. Karsten Gerloff: As a supporter of the EPFSUG, I will provide advice and experience to the group in all matters relating to Free Software and Open Standards, drawing on the strength of my organisation, the Free Software Foundation Europe.
  3. Stefan Marsiske: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I support the group with my long-term experience regarding Free Software, Open Standards, Open Data and any possibility to increase efficiency by deploying proper and free technology.
  4. Smári McCarthy: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I will assist the group in developing feasible plans for the adoption of Free Software, Open Standards and technologies. I will provide my experience from having worked both in the field and in policy development to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
  5. Evert Edel: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I share the vision of the Parliament setting an example in using Free Software and Open Standards. I hope to assist the group in developing and implementing Open Standards and Free Software.
  6. Joris Vanhove: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I will assist the group in implementing and deploying Open Standards and Free Software.
  7. Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz: As legal expert in the team, I propose to assist the group in questions related to ICT procurement, FLOSS licensing, European interoperability framework and national interoperability frameworks.
  8. Bastiaan Wakkie: It actually struck me the EP is not using open source in a larger scale despite all fights against Microsoft and Internet Explorer Domination the recent years. Only to get this changed, and it will be (!), I will support in any way I can.
  9. Christian Voecks: I have worked with Free Software for many years and have seen institutions appreciate the flexibility and usability of Free Software solutions. As a supporter of EPFSUG, I will contribute with my experience with adoption and migration to Free Software and I hope to help the European Parliament to become vendor independent and fully citizen-serving.
  10. Ciarán O'Riordan: I want to see the European Parliament's computer system policy change so that the EP, its Members, and the staff control the software on the computers instead of being at the mercy of external companies that share neither the obligations nor the goals of the EP. As a politically engaged citizen, I expect all the EP's documents, audio/video recordings, webpages, and means of participation to be accessible by everyone, without software choices being imposed on citizens. To achieve this, the EP must make a strong commitment that all software installed, distributed, and endorsed by the European Parliament be free software. I look forward to working with EPFSUG to make this happen.
  11. Katrien Cogghe: I want to promote the use of Free and Open Source Software to the European Parliament members and their staff because it's important to know that free software has a lot of advantages (no vendor lock ins, open standards, etc...).
  12. Flemming Bjerke: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I find it offending that I CANNOT SEE THE EUPARLIAMENT MEETINGS LIVE because I cannot run Windows MediaPlayer. By making such troubles for users that do not use Windows, the EU-parliament come to support Microsoft's dominance.
  13. Wouter Vandenneucker: You can say a lot of things about FOSS software. Starting with the fact that it's Free and that it's Open Source. But it's more than that, it's a commitment of a whole community. A community that strives every day to make better software available to everybody. The benefits are immense, not only is a FOSS project likely to be more secure, it also enables people to customize, work together, and so much more. I believe that an institution like the European Parliament should endorse the use of free- and open-source software with all means. Therefore I'd be more than happy to support the epfsug project!
  14. Maurício Nascimento: I am a Brazilian Free Software evangelist and System and Network Engineer. I have been working with GNU/Linux since 2001. I would like to share my skills and contribute to EPFSUG to help develop and implement Free Software projects in the European Parliamnet. I can help with documentation, system administration, tests, deployment, migration, security, training, multimedia, etc.
  15. Etienne Saliez: I am interested in healthcare networks and involved in a working group of the International Society for Telemedicine (ISfTeH), a non profit international association focusing on developing countries. The working group's main project Collaborative Care Team in Open Source is a patient centric multidisciplinary record intended to integrate specialized medical free and open source software components.
  16. Emilio Batista Barcón: I work as a translator. Among others, I am translating since some years for one of the companies which translate the EU-Parliament documentation. The translation for the EU-Parliament has to be done compulsory on Microsoft's Word, that is, on a Windows system. Some of the texts have to be translated compulsory using SDL's Trados translation software. I want to be free to choose, and I don't want that the EU-Parliament to waste millions of euros of the EU-citizens' for software licenses to translate simple text files.
  17. Jurgen Gaeremyn: I am a firm believer that the foundations of a united Europe (equality, fraternity, liberty) can't be realized if the ideals of Software Freedom are omitted. Therefore, I want to put my name on this list and make statement of what I believe in. Please find the full version of my statement in the mail archive.
  18. Jeanne Tadeusz: I believe that Free Software is the way to go for the European Parliament and all public institutions. I will gladly provide my help and experience on all things related to Free Software, Free Software and public administration, interoperability, standards, public procurement, patents.
  19. Rishab Aiyer Ghosh: Free Software is important for a democracy.
  20. Kaido Kikkas: I am an academic hacker and have been living solely on free/open-source software since 2001. I consider information freedom in its many forms very much an European value which should be promoted by the European Parliament. Therefore I consider the establishment of EPFSUG a very necessary and important step towards that goal. Further, after the invitation by MEP Indrek Tarand to speak at Document Freedom Day in early 2011, I agreed to provide him assistance in free/open-source software issues. As a supporter of EPFSUG, I am willing to continue as his council in these matters. I am also willing to cooperate with other patrons, members and supporters in other FOSS-related projects.
  21. Andreas Kuckartz: The European Parliament and other European institutions should only use Open Source software. I will provide advice and experience in all such matters.
  22. Caspar Bowden: From 2002 until August 2011, I was Chief Privacy Adviser for Microsoft in Europe. I realize it might seem odd that I wish to join EPFSUG, but I have always been sympathetic towards free software. From 1998-2002 I was Director of and I am particularly interested in ensuring that usable implementations of advanced privacy technologies are available on free software platforms.
  23. Kirsten Fiedler: As a supporter of EPFSUG and as a free software user myself, I would like to encourage broader European Parliament support for free and open-source software. The use of free software would be an important step for European political bodies towards becoming more open, more efficient and to incorporate open-source community dynamics that would enhance public participation.
  24. Marcelo Sosa: I am a freedom lover - born an Aquarius so I can't help it - therefore I wish everybody could enjoy in both the material and virtual worlds as much liberty of choice as their consciousness and respect for others would allow. That's why I give my support to this group and thank its initiators for creating this forum for promoting free software as part of a free life.
  25. Guido Arnold: I fully agree with EPFSUG's mission statement. I wish the European Parliament to demand and protect Free Software more and better. That the European Parliament then has to walk the talk and actively using it is hence a natural thing for me. Although I won't have the time to contribute much to EPFSUG's efforts in the near future, I still want to express my support.
  26. Nicolas Malevé, for Constant: The association Constant for Arts and Media wants to become a supporter of EPFSUG. Constant supports artists and researchers using free software to develop cultural projects and enrich a free culture. We find very important that the members of the European Parliament work on a legal framework that allows a free culture and its free tools to blossom. We are also convinced that a rich contemporary culture only exists when there is an understanding and an informed consensus over the exchange of data, and that free software gives us a very important insight in this matter.
  27. Eszter Bakó: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I support the group in its vision to help the European Parliament to become an example as a public institution. That is to make the EP's documents, audio/video contents, means of participation accessible to every citizen without distinction as to the software they use. I will provide advice concerning Free Software and Open Standards together with my organization, the Free Software Foundation Europe.
  28. Ante Wessels: "Talk transparency, run transparency".
  29. Salvador Pérez: I believe in freedom, and I believe that the freedom arrives from the equality of all citizens, and to get this equality, free access to resources, information and knowledge is necessary. The way of Free Software is one of the ways that has to be walked to arrive to this freedom, but not the only one.
  30. John Beddard: Communication is at the heart of all human endeavour and progress. To this end and for the sake of democracy it is important that the means of communication - the internet driven by software - be free and open to all individuals across the European Continent. Built by communities for the community, free and open-source software has all the inherent qualities of transparency, trust and competency that can bring people and nations closer together, as well as creating the basis for cooperative innovation. In this light I have no hesitation in promoting the application of FOSS, across the European decision-making process.
  31. Jonas Smedegaard: I want to support EPFSUG to help avoid bad decision making stemming from lack of understanding of computing.
  32. Nicolas Pettiaux: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I am supporting the promotion of free software in public institutions. The European Parliament has the chance to set an example for the use of free software and open standards in public institutions. This would be the best way to have a democratic Society in the digital age, and I want to help the EP share that consideration.
  33. Léopold Baillard: I would like to support EPFSUG for the following reasons: I am an intern at FSFE and I'm very interested by Free Software's fate in our institutions and because I believe that a lot of work can be done there. From a personal perspective, I've been a Free Software user for many years now and I feel really committed to its ideas and philosophy. I'm also very much into the EU's work since I've worked with different organisations dealing with the EU like the Young Europeans.
  34. Daniel Melin: As a supporter of the EPFSUG, I will provide advice and experience to the group in all matters relating to Public Procurement of Free Software and Open Standards.
  35. Jure Repinc: As a free and open source software user and European citizen I support the mission statement of EPFSUG, because I believe that for true freedom in the digital age, where politics and society depends so much on digital technology, free software and open standards/formats/protocols are a must for free and democratic society.
  36. Petar Petrović: I am a software engineer from Serbia, and I believe that free software has its place in the everyday lives of people in Europe. I would like to contribute my knowledge and skills to this project, so that we can build libre tools that will respect user privacy in compliance with EU laws. I strongly believe that this is possible only by using free software.
  37. Jorge Castro: I want to support EPFSUG to help fostering transparency and accessibility within the European Institutions by using free software and open standards.
  38. Edmund Laugasson: I consider information freedom in its many forms very much an European value which should be promoted by the European Parliament. I've been living on solely on free/open-source software (FOSS) since 2003. As a part of my PhD study I would like to establish software freedom also at government level, especially accepting files in OpenDocument Formats but also increase FOSS usage whenever its possible. This is important also in security reasons. Also education should have strong relationship with FOSS to grow liable citizens and through this create also new job places and better society.
  39. Philip Serracino Inglott: In my field of study we are constantly exploring the intricate ways in which ethics, politics and technology are tightly interwoven. I believe history has endowed humanity with great gifts as are Democracy, the Vision of a United Europe, and Free Software. While many a time these three seem built of distant concepts, I believe that at core they depend on shared ideals -- respect for persons, solidarity, subsidiarity, and other values all Europeans deeply cherish. Thus, I believe that Free Software and Open Data are not only compatible with, but co-constitutive to the European path to a good life for all. Therefore, I would like to see the European institutions, particularly Parliament, lead us by example into a future of richer Democracy, by deploying the informational tools that are most conductive to their publicly declared aims. Besides, anytime an Institution makes a choice for non-free technology it is short-changing the citizen, by denying individuals, most especially its own officers and employees, the opportunity to maximise their potential for delivering the services required for sustaining a truly non-discriminating and diversified Europe.
  40. Erik Albers: The European Institutions have a huge impact on the laws and administration of more than 500 million people, and I would love to see them using and promoting Free Software as well as Open Standards. I support EPFSUG because they are doing an important job and helping to achieve this goal.
  41. Odile Bénassy: I have been using and promoting free software for 15 years now. I use it both at work and at home. I'm a software programmer, too. Therefore, it is a natural move for me to support EPFSUG. Let's continue the good work.
  42. Lucile Falgueyrac: Free Software empowers people through shared knowledge and gives us means to control the technology we are dependent on. To build a free society we need Free Software. EPFSUG helps spreading this message in the European Parliament, therefore I support it.
  43. Diogo Silva: I support the group’s embrace of free and open source software and believe it is an excellent way of keeping the public sphere open and inclusive. EPFSUG is setting an example for public institutions by promoting such democratic values as interoperability, open standards, open data, fair use of public funds and the digital commons. I’ll be happy to make the expertise of the Digital Openness Foundation available to support the group.
  44. Florent Thiery: As a supporter of EPFSUG, i will assist the group in understanding technical aspects of multimedia matters, and help migrating to Open Standards and Free Software whenever possible. I am open to sharing some of the professional experience i gathered about multimedia hardware on Linux (capture, playback), and web/streaming technologies.
  45. Daniel Giles: I've always been interested in the free flow of information and ideas, and think it can help set humanity free. Free and open software fits nicely into this vision and I would like to learn more and become involved.
  46. Marc Olejak: As politics needs more comprehensible transparency and open communication channels for the people that are interested in politics, FLOSS is the Open way to achieve that, as it empowers the people with the necessary tools.
  47. Patrick Cahez: Here's my brief statement in French: "La défense et la promotion du logiciel libre répondent à l'exigence démocratique posée par le droit primaire de l'Union européenne, notamment les valeurs consacrées par l'article 6 du traité de fonctionnement de l'Union européenne. Le logiciel propriétaire est opaque et il cache des portes dérobées (backdoors) permettant des comportements arbitraires, voire totalitaires, attentatoires aux droits de l'Homme et au droit de l'Union européenne. Le logiciel libre contribue efficacement, lui, au contraire, par son accessibilité et sa transparence à prévenir ces atteintes et à promouvoir la protection de la vie privée (un droit de l'Homme), la liberté d'_expression_ (un droit de l'Homme), la communication des idées (un droit de l'Homme). Le logiciel libre participe donc activement au développement de l'Etat de droit et à la démocratie alors que le logiciel propriétaire les menace et peut même porter atteinte à l'indépendance des institutions démocratiquement élues." - I affirm that free software open source guarantee democracy and human rights, what don't offer the proprietary software (which can be used as weapons - see my article : Prism: un acte de guerre?).
  48. Göran Uddeborg: I wish to express my support for the efforts of EPFSUG. Free software in the EP is important for transparency, availability, and security reasons, and for setting a positive example.
  49. fukami: I am a supporter of EPFSUG because I believe that software used in democratic environments like parliaments should be Open and Free. I would like to help with trouble, getting problems fixed and sharing experiences.
  50. Johanna Josefsson: I am a supporter of EPFSUG for the following reason: Family!
  51. Marc Arnoldy: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I think Europe need independance, security and control in the field of IT technology, Free Softwares a the best of tools in that direction. We also need transparency in the making of public policy to enforce democracy at every level.
  52. Markus Sabadello: In a time when our human rights online are severely threatened, it is of great importance to promote free software wherever possible. Many such user groups exist, and they are of course always nice for mutual help, exchange, and the promotion of ideas. In this case however, EPFSUG is especially powerful due to the symbolism associated with having such a group in the European Parliament. May the values and work of the group help to shape the actions of our political leaders!
  53. Siri Reiter: I support the use of free and open software, and it has importance to me that someone - EPFSUG - is working for that in the EP.
  54. Erik WesseliusI am an enthusiast long-time linux user and a proponent of free software; I am working on the influence of big business over EU legislation at Corporate Europe Observatory; I think the EP should use free software whenever that is possible and adhere to open standards. For example, it is a shame that streaming video on the EP website cannot be properly watched on linux systems
  55. Alex Sassmannshausen: I am a strong supporter of Free Software in general and am keen to support efforts to strengthen its position in the European institutions in particular.
  56. Badr Chentouf: I believe that the open and standard format will give more freedom to the users and to the governements. And in the same time, it will generate more innovation from the software vendors or from the open source community. As the majority of the computers are under Windows operating system, and use Microsoft Office, there is no equitable and possible competition. The open source solutions, with OpenOffice can be technicallly the best, the cost of change and migration of the documents will be to high to effectiveley motivates the change. We could make the comparison with the presence of women in the govenrments. If the law didn't force to have half of women, we can be sure that the things will not change, and the men will continue to choose men to work with. Today, the administrations and the companies are clearly too dependant of a closed format. We need to make them free to choose their software, to change whenever they want. And ODF is one of the answer to give them.
  57. Konstantin D. A. Scheller: Free and open source software, open standards and open licenses are a cornerstone of democratic governance and policy making as they increase access, reduce cost, decrease dependencies and allow the free flow of information. As a supporter of EPFSUG I will try to use and support free software, and to encourage others to do the same.
  58. Wouter Tebbens: While software can be a tool to be more efficient and effective, only when the software is Free-as-in-Freedom, can we be sure that we advance together, assure autonomy of the users and allow anyone to adapt and continue its development even after the original developers have changed path. The four encoded freedoms enable fair competition and real cooperation. For democratic governments, additional requirements towards the management of systems apply. Software should be transparent and auditable and should never force the citizens the use of a particular application. Open Standards should assure interoperability, but only if a Free Software implementation is available. Many lessons can be drawn from the published letter exchange from Peruvian congressman Edgar Villanueva with the Microsoft corporation from Redmond, USA. May the European Parliament take leadership in the application of the principles of Free Software, and in a wider scope, apply these onto other domains of knowledge, to assure the foundations for a Free Knowledge Society.
  59. Joel Purra: As a supporter of EPFSUG, I hope to promote the use of free and open source software (FOSS) and open standards for the benefit of the European Parliament, the citizens of the European Union and the global FOSS community. I also support the fight for transparency and open data so that we as EU citizens will be able to use it in a democratic way.
  60. Anders Jensen-Urstad: Having been involved in the free software community since the late 1990s, I believe that the use of such software is important for a variety of reasons, including (but not limited to) liberty, transparency and collaboration; and that it follows that the use of free software is especially important in institutions such as the European Parliament.
  61. Maël Brunet: As a supporter of EPFSUG and a FOSS user, I believe that the European Parliament would benefit from making greater use of Open Standards and FOSS. I believe in the freedom to choose and that no citizen should be forced to use a specific piece of software or platform in order to interact with its policy makers. I believe in Open Standards and FOSS as tools to empower public administrations to fulfill their mission and spend the money of their constituents intelligently by not being locked-in to a single provider. Finally, I believe that the European Parliament should set a positive example for other public administrations throughout Europe.