May 8, 2001

Free Software Foundation Europe aiming for more coordination between developers

Author: JT Smith

On May 6th 2001, the first general assembly of the Free
Software Foundation Europe took place at the Villa Vogelsang in Essen,
Germany. It was the first meeting of the members of the recently
founded sister organisation of the FSF (Boston,USA). Representatives
from France, Germany and Sweden agreed on future areas of engagement
for the FSFE.
"Coordinating Free Software based organisations and establishing local
            chapters throughout Europe is one of our primary long-term goals." says
            Georg C. F. Greve, President of the FSF Europe. "So is beginning our 
            as a competence center for Free Software, aimed primarily at 
            and politicians who will be able to find authoritative information 
            Free Software from the Foundation."

            Most Free Software is released under the license of the Free Software
            Foundation, the GNU General Public License. One of the first
            projects will be to harmonize it better with local European laws in
            order to keep up with current changes and developments.

            The Foundation will also further Free Software in the educational
            sector where it will seek to coordinate and strengthen efforts 
            by organizations and individuals dedicated to that task. 

            At the same date, the first general assembly of the FSF Europe -
            Chapter Germany has taken place. 

            "We want the advantages of Free Software to be known to almost 
            in Germany. German developers are already playing a major role as
            contributors to the GNU project and Free Software in general."
            says Bernhard Reiter, German chancellor of the FSF Europe.
            "The FSFE will help to leverage these efforts on a european level 
            and make sure that we it will stay legal to develop Free Software for
            all needs."

            About the FSF Europe:

            The Free Software Foundation Europe is the sister organization of the
            Free Software Foundation created 1984 by Richard M. Stallman in the
            United States of America. 

            Main purpose of the FSF Europe is to coordinate Free Software
            initiatives throughout Europe, to provide a Free Software
            competence-center for politicians and journalists and to provide
            infrastructure for Free Software projects and especially the GNU

            Further information about the FSF Europe can be found at 


               Georg C. F. Greve 
               Tel: +49-40-23809080
               Fax: +49-40-23809081
               Frederic Couchet  
               Tel: +33 6 60 68 89 31
               Bernhard Reiter 
               Tel: +49-541 - 335 08 - 33
               Alessandro Rubini 
               Tel: +39-0382-529.554 (o .424)
               Fax: +39-0382-529.424 
               Jonas Ãberg 
               Tel: +46-21-144831

            Further press contact information is available at

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