Karsten Gerloff over at Free Software Foundation Europe has a blog entry on the European Commissions’s tender-free plan to migrate to Windows 7 (!) to the tune of almost €45 million. Read the whole thing, but this pull summarizes the EC’s reasoning:
The foundation of Europe’s procurement rules, Directive 2004/18/EC, says that those rules are intended to guarantee the opening-up of public procurement to competition. But it looks like in this instance, the EC has found a way to sidestep that goal, letting inertia (let’s be kind here, ok?) take precedence over competition and long-term value for Europe’s citizens.