“Advocates of Free ICT Europe Unveil Manifesto Promoting Open Market and Sustainable Practices”

Gouda, May 15 – The Free ICT Europe Foundation, a leading advocacy group for sustainable and fair ICT practices, has revealed its manifesto at their 10-year anniversary event in Dublin. The event took place on Wednesday, May 15, and the manifesto was presented in front of a crowd of industry experts and stakeholders. Titled “Make the Right to Repair Really Work: Promote Sustainable ICT Products and Services,” the manifesto outlines key principles aimed at revolutionizing the industry and promoting a more environmentally conscious approach to technology.

The unveiling of the manifesto comes at a crucial time as the world faces the challenges of climate change and resource scarcity. With the European elections approaching, the organization saw it as the opportune moment to share their insights. The manifesto addresses a range of issues within the ICT sector, both in terms of products and services, and offers recommendations to ensure a more equitable and environmentally friendly landscape.

Some of the key recommendations outlined in the manifesto include prohibiting restrictions on independent repair and maintenance, expanding the Right to Repair Directive to encompass both public and private sectors, implementing green public procurement policies to prioritize used/refurbished products and support local providers, and establishing standards for software licensing, maintenance, and refurbishment.

Jan Hoogstrate, Executive Director for Free ICT Europe, stated, “We believe that by implementing these measures, we can create a more sustainable and equitable ICT industry that benefits both users, providers, and the environment.” He also added, “It’s time to make the ‘Circular Economy and the Reduction of Resources’ a reality and ensure that innovation and freedom of choice of provider thrive in the ICT sector.”

Tomás O’Leary, President of Free ICT Europe, emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating, “Aggressive profit-optimization practices are not only a threat to fair competition and affecting customers, but also a serious problem for the environment. Legislators need to step in with protective measurements.”

Free ICT Europe is calling on policymakers, industry stakeholders, and consumers to support the manifesto and work together to implement its recommendations. By fostering collaboration and driving systemic change, the organization believes that a more sustainable future for ICT is within reach.

For more information or to read the full manifesto, please visit https://www.freeict.eu/news.


Sergio Fernandes

E: Contact@free-ict-europe.eu

W: www.freeict.eu

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