Dear Mr President Schulz,
Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a neutral non-profit, non-governmental charity registered in Germany, and active across Europe, working to build a free information society. For more than a decade, FSFE has been assisting policy makers, businesses and citizens to avail themselves of the advantages of Free Software.
Open Rights Group (ORG) is the leading UK grassroots organisation defending civil liberties and human rights in the digital sphere - including freedom of expression, privacy and access to knowledge. ORG is continuously looking for opportunities for dialogue with public institutions on issues relating to digital rights, citizen participation and democratic interaction in the information society.
Further to the request to initiate the tendering of a full study on Parliament's obligations with regard to Free Software  and Open Standards , we would like to submit our suggestions for the specifications of this study. We believe the Parliament should find answers to the following questions:
Our organisations welcome the committment of the European Parliament to the principles of openness and transparency. We stand ready to assist the Parliament in improving the possibilities for European citizens to follow and participate in the Parliament's work. We believe that Free Software and Open Standards will be essential to reaching this goal, and are pleased to put our expertise at your disposal.
Karsten Gerloff, President, Free Software Foundation Europe
Jim Killock, Executive Director, Open Rights Group
 See here for a list of widely accepted Free Software licenses.
 Here is the Definition of Open Standards. The European Commission used a similar definition in the original version of the European Interoperability Framework.