Agreement between Microsoft and the Greek government

On 1 February 2006, the Greek government and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership agreement (the "Agreement"). At least 6 questions by the parliament remained unanswered by the government. On 10 January 2008, the government created a law proposal that would make the Agreement have the power of law. The law was approved by the Parliament on 29 January 2008. The FFII and the Hellenic Linux Users Group filed a complaint to the European Commission, which is still (as of 28 December 2008) under investigation.

For the full story, read the timeline below from bottom to top.

Timeline

(in reverse chronological order)

2008-12-12

Related question to the Commission by Greek PASOK MEPs

2008-11-24

Press release, in Greek, (plain text, PDF) of FFII, Hellug, and Krystallidis & Associates Lawyer Company, mentioning that the European Commission suspects violation of community law. English translation.

2008-10-16

Press release, in Greek, of HELLUG and digitalrights.gr, that comments on the response of the European Commission to the MEPs of PASOK.

2008-08-12

Related question to the Commission by Greek PASOK MEPs, and the Commission's reply (2008-10-13)

2008-02-14

Related question to the Commission by Greek PASOK MEPs, and the Commission's reply (2008-06-19)

2008-01-29

The law proposal is voted on and approved, including a last-minute amendment that renders the law retrospective.

2008-01-24

Discussion in plenary.

2008-01-17

Representatives of several organisations are summoned to the Parliament to make statements in the Committee of Economic Affairs. These are Christos Tsangos, CEO of Microsoft Hellas, Panagiota Paparidou, vice-president of the Federation of Hellenic IT & Communications Enterprises, Panagiotis Kranidiotis, vice-president of HELLUG, Nikos Vasilakos, president of the Association of Hellenic Internet Users, and Nestor Ioannidis, president of the Greek Computer Society.

2008-01-16

Discussion in the Committee of Economic Affairs of the Parliament

2008-01-16

Letter, in Greek, of FFII and HELLUG to the 49 MPs of the Committee of Economic Affairs of the Parliament. Ten questions to the government are mentioned in the letter. English translation.

2008-01-15

Discussion in the Parliament.

2008-01-14

Press release, in Greek, of FFII, HELLUG and digitalrights.gr, concerning problems of the law proposal. English translation.

2008-01-10

The government submits a law proposal which consists of the full text of the Agreement and a paragraph that says that the Agreement is approved and thereafter has the power of law. Links to the full text of the proposal and similar documents are in the Greek version of this page.

2007-08-03

Press release, in Greek, of FFII and digitalrights.gr which announces an analysis (in Greek) of the agreement. English translation of the press release, English translation of the analysis.

2007-06-22

Press release, in Greek, of the FFII, HELLUG and the Union of Computer Scientists of Greece, which mentions that the Agreement has leaked. English translation.

2007-06-22

Statement of George Alogoskoufis, Minister of Economy and Finance, to the Parliament: "[The Agreement] will be presented to the Parliament for approval. Before we bring it to the Parliament for approval, we have sent it to the European Union so that we are certain that it is completely compatible with the rules of the European Union. The information we have says that it is completely compatible, and for this reason it will be presented to the Parliament for approval, and we will then discuss it in every detail." More about this statement

2007-02-02

Statement of Georgios Anomeritis, MP of PASOK, to the Parliament: "It was on this day last year that I submitted a question to the Minister of Economy and Finance, asking him to present us with the agreement of the Greek state with Microsoft, an agreement with value of 1.000.000.000 euro. Until today, a year later, he has not presented it."

2006-11-17

Extract from the minutes of the Parliament: "Question 81/14-11-2006, of MP Athanasios Leventis of the Coalition of Radical Left, to the Minister of Economy and Finance, concerning the agreement between the Greek state and Microsoft, is deleted because of hindrance of the Minister."

2006-10-26

Extract from the minutes of the Parliament: "Question 5/2-10-2006, of MP Athanasios Leventis of the Coalition of Radical Left, to the Minister of Economy and Finance, concerning the agreement between the Greek state and Microsoft, is deleted because of hindrance of the Minister."

2006-09-21

Extract from the minutes of the Parliament: "Question 989/18-9-2006, of MP Athanasios Leventis of the Coalition of Radical Left, to the Minister of Economy and Finance, concerning the agreement between the Greek state and Microsoft, is deleted because of hindrance of the Minister."

2006-07-26

Parliamentary question of five MPs of PASOK, the Socialist Party, which is the largest party of the opposition, in which they ask for the full text of the Agreement. The question had been initially filed in 16 March 2006, but the MPs filed it again with the same text, as it had not been answered.

2006-03-13

Interview of Antonis Christofides, Greek representative of FFII, to Eleftherotipia, a major Greek newspaper.

2006-02-09

Discussion in the Greek Parliament. Mr George Alogoskoufis, Minister of Economy, among other things, says: "we all know that free software has very limited applications and cannot be used as widely as other software."

2006-02-01

Press release by the FFII, in Greek. English translation.

2006-02-01

Press release by Microsoft. This press release is in Greek. It contains mostly the same information as the press release by the government (below), and in addition it contains statements by Bill Gates, George Alogoskoufis, Greek Minister of Economy, and Christos Tsangos, CEO of Microsoft Hellas.

2006-02-01

Press release of the Greek government. While the press release is in Greek, its main points are reproduced in an English article by the Athens News Agency.

2006-02-01

Video: the signing of the Agreement.

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