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13 years of the FSFE


Today, March 10, marks 13 years since the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) was founded in 2001. Formed to support the free software movement in Europe, the FSFE was awarded the Theodor Heuss Medal in 2010 for its work for freedom in the information society.

The FSFE work on many projects and campaigns within the information society, including but not limited to:

  • World Intellectual Property Organisation
  • European Union v Microsoft
  • Software patents in Europe
  • Freedom Task Force
  • Document Freedom Day
  • EURA v Slovak Tax Authorities


The founding president of the FSFE, Georg Greve, lives in Switzerland and is a software developer, author and academically trained physicist. Before handing over presidency of the FSFE to Karsten Gerloff in 2009, his responsibilities included supporting local representatives, political and legal issues, informing journalists and coordination of the General Assembly.