Past events

Monday, 6 February, 2017 - 12:30
Wednesday, 21 October, 2015 - 11:00

With Erik back in town, and more than a year since the last carrot cake, I think a new one is in order.

People will be coming and going between 11:00 and 13:00, just come whenever you can.

Friday, 30 January, 2015 - 12:00

Dear all,

it's that time of the year again, when we meet at Karsmakers, prepare for our presence at FOSDEM, and fold EPFSUG flyers!

Feel free to pass by and give us a helping hand!

Hope to see you all there

Sunday, 2 November, 2014 - 14:00

GPG-key exchange with DebianParl members at Karsmakers 14h00 Sunday 2 November.

I think epfsugs are welcome too :-)


Friday, 26 September, 2014 - 12:00

Dear all,

Matthias and Stef are in town, so how about some carrot cake at Karsmakers?

See you there!

Wednesday, 5 March, 2014 - 14:00


14h00-16h00 Wednesday 5 March 2014

If you need a badge to enter the European Parliament in Brussels, please send an email to and tell that you are attending, then bring your passport or ID and come to the Accreditation Centre, see map and picture.
Please be there at 13h30 since it takes a while to sign everybody in.Thanks!

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Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to be the hosts of a first big small step forward with regards to email encryption in the European Parliament. Together with our friends in EPFSUG, we're following the good example of Ms Harms, the admonitions of our colleagues in LIBE and the advice of the technologists in IETF.

Time: 14h00-16h00 Wednesday 5 March 2014 (download to your calendar)
Location: Room A5G1, Building Altiero Spinelli (ASP), 5th floor
If you don't have a badge please send a mail to, otherwise no registration necessary. Please note that registration is open and public.

Please join us in an open discussion about encryption, confidentiality and authentication and about trusting your friends' email. This event will also be the official launch of DebianParl, a Debian pure blend of free software for doing parliamentary work!

With kind regards,

Nils Torvalds, LINUX grandfather

Indrek Tarand, EPFSUG founding patron

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Agenda for EPFSUG meeting 5 March 2014
14h00-16h00 in room A5G1

WELCOME Nils Torvalds, MEP

The European Parliament Free Software User Group is an open community of staff, assistants and Members of the European Parliament, and of supporters from the free software community. Its goals are to:

  • Assist people interested in using free software in the European Parliament
  • Drive adoption of free software in the European Parliament's information infrastructure
  • Push for use of open standards, to ensure equal access for citizens using free software
  • Work in cooperation with like-minded groups in Europe and around the world

Become a supporter!

Can't wait to learn more about free software?
Trust your friends?
Jonas Smedegaard, DEBIAN developer
Debian - the "universal operating system" - now comes optimized for use by parliamentary workers. After years of field work by EPFSUG pioneers at the European Parliament, the DebianParl project is now ready in an initial desktop/email flavor. Jonas will introduce DebianParl, both what works now and what is in sight. Bring your laptop (with no valuable material on it!) and we will help you get started with DebianParl.
What's the state of free software in the Union?
Gijs Hillenius, OSOR news editor
Across the EU, there is a groundswell of public administrations that use free and open source for their ICT solutions. The EC's OSOR provides evidence of the benefits, proves its significant savings, gives tons of real-life examples and reports on the tough battles taking place in procurement, standardisation and policy-making. Gijs will share the outlook from years of experience, put EPFSUG in a context and tell us where to go for more free software in the EP.
What will happen to EPFSUG?
Erik Josefsson, EPFSUG member
The European Parliament Free Software User Group has a future supporting users of free software who work in the Parliament and are willing to explore ways of incorporating free software in their work routines as far as rules and regulations of the House permit. Erik will give a short overview of what EPFSUG is planning after the elections.


Sunday, 2 February, 2014 - 09:00

EPFSUG will be present at FOSDEM for the 4th time in a row.

Saturday, 1 February, 2014 - 09:00

EPFSUG will be present at FOSDEM for the 4th time in a row.

Thursday, 26 September, 2013 - 12:00

Dear all, I hope you had a good summer holidays and that you're already back to your old, productive lives.

How about some carrot cake at Karsmakers, in order to chat about recent developments and plan any future actions?

Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, 9 July, 2013 - 12:30

The RMLL lunch pad is still here, but we'll swap to standard carrot cakes. Invitation from Indrek below.

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Dear colleagues and friends,

I am very happy to invite you to a carrot-cake-at-karsmakers gathering, just outside the Parliament, on 9 July at 12h30. Normally the European Parliament Free Software User Group does not announce these informal meetings to the whole of the EP, but this time there is so much good news to to share that I want you to know that you are all welcome!

Time: 12h30-13h30 Tuesday 9 July 2013 (download to your calendar).
Location: Karsmakers, Rue de Treves 20 (just opposite Luxembourg train station exit).
No registration necessary, but please feel free to send a mail to that you are coming.

As you all know, JURI organises a workshop in the afternoon of the 9th on Legal Aspects of Free and Open Source Software. This will provide a good basis for the Full Report we have asked from our Secretary-General on use and users of Free Software in the Parliament. This is happening as the 14th Libre Software Meeting is taking place at ULB all week. Further, AT4AM is getting closer to its first 1.0 release at the same time as EPFSUG members are working hard to have an issue tracker up and running to help coordinate efforts and keep track of tasks that needs attention. And there is more good news to share! :-)

You are very welcome to join the party!

Indrek Tarand