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Parliamentary questions
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18 June 2018
E-003295-18
Question for written answer E-003295-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Georg Mayer (ENF)

 Subject:  Calls for tender for, and the use of, software in EU institutions and Member States
 Answer in writing 

Since cybercrime is becoming an ever greater problem, and since both the European Union and the Member States almost exclusively rely on products from the US Microsoft corporation, there is a valid question as to the extent to which sufficient security can be provided on the European Union’s part for data traffic. I would therefore like to ask the Commission the following questions:

Are efforts being made to create a unified system in the Member States, one in which the source code of the operating systems is handled in a unified way in order to guarantee the security of the affected citizens’ data?

Is the Union making efforts to use more open source programs and thereby to improve the cybersecurity of the Union, or are efforts being made to combine open source programs with Microsoft programs to achieve the aforementioned goal?

Why was no proper calls for tender made for operating system related contracts, which would have guaranteed open competition, allowed alternative offers to be sought and allowed transparency to be created in the contract awarding process?

Original language of question: DE 
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