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Romania Gives Big Deals To Microsoft Without Bids

May 28, 2009, 18:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)

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"The Romanian government is spending hundreds of million euros on proprietary software from Microsoft, without opening up the bid to competitive tenders or considering alternatives, according to complaints from the country's open source community.

"The government has announced it will pay €300 million (£262 million) to a Romanian IT company for PCs and Microsoft software licences for use in education (see Google translation), while also directly paying Microsoft €100 million (£87 million) for software licences to be used in government agencies between 2010 and 2012 (see Google translation). The country is also paying €58 million (£50 million) this autumn for its existing 2004 to 2009 framework agreement."

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