An assistent of Italian MEP Marco Cappato (ALDE) contacted us with the news that an answer to a parliament question has arrived.
15 April 2008
WRITTEN QUESTION by Marco Cappato (ALDE) to the Commission
Subject: Deployment of ISO 26300:2006
What steps will the Commission undertake to make its IT infrastructure fully compliant for the reception and propagation of ISO 26300:2006 documents?
Is any action planned to promote this standard in the European institutions?
Answer by Commissioner Kallas
Answer given by Mr Kallas
on behalf of the Commission
The Commission is currently able to accept and generate documents in the ISO 26300:2006 format (otherwise referred to and commonly known as the ODF format). The Commission wishes to be able to accept and generate documents compliant with different standardised formats (for example ISO standards PDF, ODF) as well as, whenever appropriate, in other widely used formats (ISO standards or not) currently used by citizens, businesses and public administrations.
The Commission has already presented to other European Institutions its technical approach to accept and generate documents in ODF formats.
Furthermore, within the framework of the Commission's IDABC programme, the Commission works with representatives of the Member States to promote and facilitate Open Document Exchange Formats (ODEF).
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In other words, the Commission already supports Open Document format and recommends other European Institutions to follow.