the conference is held in coordination with the Dutch Presidency of the EU

Dutch Ministry of
Economic Affairs

Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

Dutch government's Programma OSOSS

Primary Corporate Sponsor

Gold Corporate Sponsor









The agenda for this conference is outlined below.

The conference programme will include presentations by speakers drawn primarily from public authorities, with a prominent participation of government ministry officials from various EU countries as well as from the European Commission. The focus is on concrete plans, policies and actual implementations of Libre Software and open standards.

There will be a spotlight on case studies – among others, a presentation on the European Regional Innovation Award-winning gnu/Linux policies of Extremadura by Regional Minister Luis Millan Vazquez de Miguel. Successful strategies will be presented for the large-scale migration and implementation of Libre software in government – including the German Federal Government’s Migration Guidelines.

Most of the presentations will be organised in three topical sessions on:

  • national and EU-level strategies and experiences (chaired by Agnès Bradier, deputy head of the e-Government Unit, European Commission)
  • local government strategies and results (chaired by Wilbert Stolte, Vice-mayor of Den Haag)
  • interoperability and open standards (chaired by Bernhard Schnittger, acting head of IDA, European Commission)

Programme Summary

(for a detailed programme, click here)

Start Topic/Title
08h00 Registration, coffee

Rishab Ghosh
  FLOSSPOLS project leader, MERIT, University of Maastricht

Keynote presentations:
Frans Nauta

  Secretary of the Innovation Platform chaired by the Dutch Prime Minister
Colm Butler
  Director, Information Society Policy, Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Ireland

10h00 Focus session: Free software: Why? The Extremadura case
Luis Casas Luengo
  Director, FUNDECYT, Government of Extremadura, Spain
10h30 Focus session: Free software: How? German Federal Government migration plan
Gregor Lietz
  EDS (Federal Interior Ministry contractor for the Migration Guide), Germany

Session 1: Experience at the European and national level

Agnès Bradier

  E-government Unit, European Commission

Mark Bressers
  Government’s OSOSS Programme, The Netherlands

Christian Hardy
  Ministry of Economics, Finance and Industry, France
Thomas Myrup Kristensen
  Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Denmark
Rolf Theodor Schuster
  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany
Giovanna Sissa
  Osservatorio Tecnologico of the Ministry of Research and Education, Italy

13h00 Lunch (provided by conference)
14h00 Session 2: Experience at the regional/local level

Wilbert Stolte

  Vice-Mayor, City of Den Haag, The Netherlands

Alasdair Mangham
  London Borough of Camden, United Kingdom
Flavia Marzano
  Union of Italian Provinces, Italy
Mauro Solari
  Deputy President, Province of Genova, Italy
Jan van de Straat
  City of Haarlem, The Netherlands
Robin Weissenberger
  City of Vienna, Austria
16h00 Coffee Break

Panel 3: Interoperability and open standards

Bernhard Schnittger

  IDA, European Commission

Barbara Held
  IDA, European Commission
Mark Bressers
  Programma OSOSS, The Netherlands
Doug Heintzmann
Phil Zamani

18h00 Closing session
18h30 Cocktail reception
19h30 Conference ends

Lunch will be provided and a cocktail reception is planned, to facilitate the informal interaction that is one of the most valuable parts of a successful conference.



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