A recent story in the New York Times discusses the lobbying efforts of Open Forum Europe. The lobbying effort focuses on the issuance of the European Interoperability Framework, which contains recommendations by the European Commission regarding the purchase of software by EU national and local governments — which constitutes an estimated market of over $15 billion. The release of this document is scheduled by the end of 2010. Several drafts of the document are available on FSFE’s web site. The NYT article also discusses the effect on Microsoft’s effort in Europe.