The PCP presented in the Assembly of the Republic a proposal to amend the State Budget for 2011, in order to reduce public expenditure in the area of computer software, defending the use of solutions open source.
Sharing principles identical to those recently suggested by the Left Bloc, the PCP proposal recommends that these expenses, provided for in the Budget for the acquisition of software licenses, with a value budgeted by the Government at 198,063,761 euros, can only be executed in the cases in which that the absence of an alternative solution in free software be substantially demonstrated.
With this proposal, the intention is to «drastically lower» the expenditure on software in Public Administration, through the use of free or open source software. «There is no proposal for a blind, general and absolute ban on any and all acquisition of proprietary software, but the use of alternative solutions, whenever they exist, thus dispensing with large licensing payments and allowing significant savings in public money», justifies the deputy Bruno Dias.
According to ESOP, based on the values of the National Public Procurement Catalog, the adoption of free software solutions would allow the State to save 50 to 70 percent in most acquisitions of its kind.
The PCP also reports that it is scheduled for the next 9th of December, in the afternoon, the debate and vote in Plenary of the draft Law no. 421 / XI, regarding the adoption of open standards in the State Computer Systems.
«It is a proposal that we launched in 2008 and that we re-presented in the current Legislature, aiming to promote the freedom and sovereignty of technology users, as well as the interoperability of systems and the future possibility of accessing data, in a way that is not conditioned by intellectual property issues at the level of formats «.
The discussion will be held in general, says the deputy, and if the project is approved, the debate will follow (on another date) in the specialty in parliamentary committee.