Dear friends and colleagues,

On behalf of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, we have the pleasure of inviting you to our recognition of Document Freedom Day 2012 - with an event on the adoption of Open Standards in the e-Book market that we are organising together with the Free Software community on Wednesday 28 March.

Time: 16h30-19h00 Wednesday 28 March 2012 (download to your calendar).
Location: Room 1G3, Altiero Spinelli Building, European Parliament.
Translation: Simultaneous translation will be provided in French, English and Dutch.
Registration: If you don't have a badge, please register to the event here.
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The purpose of our Document Freedom Day event is to give voice to the movement for a free information infrastructure, and to highlight the importance of Open Standards and how they impact both business opportunities in the eBook market and universal access to the Public Domain.

We are particularly happy that Dr. Carl-Christian BUHR, Member of the Cabinet of Ms Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, will give the Commission's views on European policies on standards & interoperability, and that representatives from the French eBook manufacturer Bokeen and the software platform Calibre will talk about their experiences in the eBook market.

You are warmly welcome.

Best regards,

Malika Benarab-Attou
Sandrine Bélier
Christian Engström
Judith Sargentini

Document Freedom Day 2012 - Open standards in the eBook market
16h30-19h00 Wednesday 28 March 2012

Introduction Malika BENARAB-ATTOU, MEP
Panel 1: Challenges for open standards in the eBook market Moderator: Sandrine BÉLIER, MEP
16:45 European policies on standards & interoperability and the eBook market
Dr. Carl-Christian BUHR; Member of the Cabinet of Ms Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda
17:00 Bookeen - the first multi-format eBook reader
Jean-Luc SATIN, VP Sales and Marketing, Bookeen
17:15 Challenges posed by multiple devices and formats in the eBook sector
Dr. Charles HALEY, Managing Director, Frogfish Technologies Ltd, Calibre
17:30 Debate with participants
Panel 2: Pushing for change: The role of civil society in technology policy Moderator: Christian ENGSTRÖM, MEP
17:50 Document Freedom in France
Jeanne TADEUSZ, Public Affairs Officer, April
18:00 Open standards and business models in the digital public domain
Anne-Catherine LORRAIN, Co-Founder, Communia Intl. Association on the Digital Public Domain
18:15 Open standards and free software - what's at stake?
Karsten GERLOFF, President, Free Software Foundation Europe
18:30 Debate with participants
Conclusions Judith SARGENTINI, MEP
All participants are welcome to a cocktail after the event.
Explanatory note:

Open Standards allows for sharing all kinds of data freely and with perfect fidelity. They prevent lock-in and other artificial barriers to interoperability, and promote choice between vendors and technology solutions.

Free Software is software that can be freely shared, used, studied and modified and where the rights under which it was obtained are passed on to the next user of the software.
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