UK citizens and MEPs support Europe-wide Free Software Pact

London, UK - Friday May 22, 2009 - The Free Software Pact initiative calls upon UK citizens and MEP candidates to stand up for the principles of a free society by backing free software in the upcoming European Parliament elections on June 4, 2009.

The Free Software Pact is a European initiative to allow candidates for the upcoming European elections to show the voting public that they favour the development and use of free software, and will protect it from threatening EU legislation. It is also a tool for citizens who value free software to educate candidates about it's importance and why they should, if elected, protect the European free software community. The European Parliament is the venue for crucial talks concerning free software, including software patents, interoperability and net neutrality. It is therefore vital to show election candidates why they should support, and sign, the Free Software Pact.