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By selecting and adopting open document formats, public institutions can:
1. Improve flexibility and ability for public institutions to cooperate efficiently and freely with other institutions, citizens and businesses, allowing them to read, manipulate and exchange information using the software of their choice, avoiding thus exclusion or undue costs imposed upon them.
2. Help create an open environment in public procurement by removing barriers to participation created by the use of proprietary/non-open standards, allowing far more companies (including SME’s) to respond to calls for tenders.
The use of open document formats shifts the value back to the content, rather than the application used to create or view documents. Open document formats are supported by multiple applications and can be safely implemented in any kind of software, avoiding also the risk of losing information stored in a no longer supported proprietary/non-open format.
Given the extreme importance of Open Standards and open document formats in interacting with public institutions – specifically, in guaranteeing universal, non-restricted access to public documents –, public institutions throughout Europe should fully support open document formats and use them in all their exchanges with the public. When they have decided to support open document formats, this decision should be effectively implemented, improving transparency and openness towards their citizens.