CRA takes open source features into account
MORE CYBER SECURITY IN THE EUROPEAN DOMESTIC MARKET
A few months ago, it was debated that the EU would introduce new software regulations that would include the advantages of open source to its detriment. A terrible idea that would have had a significant impact on the entire European ecosystem. (see article from 28.07.2023)
That is why we have worked hard together with our industry associations OSB Alliance and BITKOM to correct these incorrect formulations in the legal texts.
At the end of last year, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union agreed on the final text of the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) in the last round of trilogue negotiations.
The Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA) had expressed concerns in advance in a statement that the regulatory initiative could cause overregulation and legal uncertainty due to textual vagueness and thus cause major damage to the German and European open source ecosystem.
However, the final text takes into account the special features of the open source sector and has allayed these concerns by making them more precise.
Important milestone reached
"We, as an active part of the Open Source Business Alliance, welcome the outcome of the trilogue negotiations. It has repeatedly been shown how important the commitment of industry associations is in political work at federal and EU level.
The OSBA wants to put the concrete, very practical effects of the CRA on the agenda for software manufacturers in a working group in 2024 and promote the exchange of experience.
We ourselves also have to consider the requirements arising from the CRA for our KIX development."