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Profile of registrant

Free Software Foundation Europe e.V.

Identification number in the register: 33882407107-76
Registration date: 09/11/11 19:00:48

The information on this organisation was last modified on 11/06/14 17:22:00
The date of the last annual update was 14/10/13 09:14:15

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Free Software Foundation Europe e.V.
Acronym: FSFE
Legal status: Charitable non-profit organisation (German e.V.)
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Karsten Gerloff
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Karsten Gerloff
Position: President

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 173 Bilker Allee 
Düsseldorf 40217
Telephone number: (+49) 02113107317
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Karsten Gerloff
Free Software Foundation Europe
Tel.: +49 176 9690 4298

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Free Software Foundation Europe is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the furthering of Free Software, and works to promote freedom in the emerging digital society.

FSFE works to build awareness for Free Software - software which anyone may use, study, share and improve - and its benefits for individuals and organisations.

We work to increase knowledge about technology, and to build and environment in which software innovation and businesses can thrive. This includes promoting helpful rules such as Open Standards, and removing obstacles such as software patents or monopolies in the software market.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Karsten Gerloff 13/06/14 11/06/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Technology Awareness
Public Procurement
Network Neutrality

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Enterprise
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Research and Technology


Total number of members that are natural persons: 18
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 400,000
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 400,000
- donations: 400,000
- contributions from members:
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

FSFE is financed exclusively through donations. Most of these donations (in number as well as amount) originate from small and medium enterprises and individuals.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.