German coalition treaty endorses “Public Money, Public Code” principle

A quick news update from Germany: the upcoming coalition government endorses free and open source software. In the coalition agreement (German), there are some key sentences on this topic, for instance:

Development contracts will usually be commissioned as open source, and the corresponding software is generally made public.

Another section states:

In addition, we secure digital sovereignty, among other things through the right to interoperability and portability, as well as by relying on open standards, open source and European ecosystems, for example in 5G or AI.

We are encouraged to see FOSS being considered by the incoming government, along with other news such as the north-German state of Schleswig-Holstein switching to LibreOffice and free software.