Slovakia approves EUR 51.5mn Microsoft licence agreement extension.

By bne IntelliNews May 24, 2012
The Slovak government has approved a EUR 51.5mn three-year extension of a licence agreement with IT giant Microsoft, TASR news agency reported. Under the contract, the state will pay EUR 17.53mn in 2012, EUR 16.83mn in 2013 and EUR 17.18mn in 2014 to Microsoft to supply software for state-owned computers such as desktop operation systems, Microsoft Office and other products. The extension of the licence agreement was initiated by the former cabinet, but it left it to the new one after receiving harsh criticism by the public, NGOs and some coalition partners. The Fair-Play Alliance (AFP), a Slovak non-governmental organisation, criticized the licence purchase decision for not being preceded by a public tender. AFP claims that a different kind of agreement would be much cheaper. "The government has taken responsibility for adopting saving measures. This is an area where significant savings could be made in the coming years," AFP was quoted as saying. The cabinet said in a statement that it had carried out a detailed analysis of how many licences are needed and how they will be used in state offices. It added that it had agreed with Microsoft on a possibility to terminate the contract in each of three years of the contract term without any sanctions.

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