Paris, 28 May 2014. Press release.According to provisional results, 33 signatories of the Free Software Pact were elected to the European Parliament in May 2014. April thanks all of them for their commitment in favor of Free Software, and volunteers for their hard work.
The European elections will take place May 22-25, starting on Thursday with the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, followed by Ireland on Friday, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, French Overseas Territories on Saturday (while the Czech Republic will vote on Friday and Saturday), and on Sunday Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Spain will vote.
There is only a few hours left to contact your candidates! So far, 122 candidates have signed the Free Software Pact.
The contact platform is there to help you contact candidates. Get in touch with them, whether by email, phone, mail, or direct contact, and ask them if they are planning to sign the Free Software Pact.
You can elaborate by explaining why Free Software is important to you and why you believe it should be protected by legislators. Software patent, interoperability, freedom, privacy,... are all important and valid arguments to be heard by the future Members of the European Parliament!
And of course, you can also sign the Free Software usage declaration in order to show you support for Free Software and tell politicians that you believe it is important that they protect and promote it.
We are happy to announce that the website has been translated and is now available in English, French, Latvian, German, Italian and Spanish. Many thanks to all who participated in the translations!
The European elections are in less than a month. So far, 26 candidates have signed the Free Software Pact. Use the contact platform to get in touch with candidates in your country and ask them to sign the Free Software Pact!
The Free Software usage declaration is a simple way to let candidates know Free Software matters to European citizens. It allows you to announce that you are a Free Software user and that you want Free Software to be promoted and protected by the legislators in Europe. It is now available on the Free Software Pact website for you to sign!
The more signatures we have, the more candidates are likely to sign the Free Software Pact! Please sign it and spread the word to your friends!
Thanks to volunteers, we now have many banners available to show you support of the Free Software Pact! They are all under a Free licence (the first series under the same licence as the website, the second series under a CC-0 licence), so dont hesitate to use them, modify them. Your can also offer your own!
The Free Software Pact has been translated in Dutch, Latvian, and Swedish!
We are happy to introduce a new video on the website, from Richard Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation.
New versions of the Free Software Pact: Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Slovak now online!
The Free Software Pact has been translated in Finnish, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Slovak !
Thanks to layout changes, the website is now multilingual!
In order to promote the Free Software Pact campaign, April made a flyer which was distributed for FOSDEM and various events. Made by Antoine Bardelli, it is available under a free licence: LAL version 1.3 or later version, CC-BY-SA 2.0 or later version, and GNU FDL version 1.3 or later version.
In the first few days following the launch of the campaign, a few candidates signed the pact. But in order to have more impact, candidates need to be able to read it in their own languages. Hence the translation of the pact is getting ready quite a few languages: the Pact is already available in English, French, Romanian :
As a kickoff to the 2014 Free Software Pact campaign, April sent an open letter to all Members of the European Parliament on 31 january 2014.
Its aims is to remind MEPs of the biggest issues related to Free Software during the past five years, asking them to take a stand on these issues, by signing the Free Software Pact for those campaigning for reelection, or by taking stock of their term if they are not running for office again.
The European Elections will take place May 22-25 2014. Let's make all our future Members of the European Parliament aware of the importance of Free Software, related issues, and ask them to commit to the promotion and dissemination of Free Software !