FSFE (Free Software Foundation Europe) is helping a Slovakian business fined for failing to use that other OS and IE for filing taxation information. It will be interesting to see whether or not the courts can order the Slovakian government to do IT the right way, with open standards for communication protocols and file formats.
e-government is a current issue in Europe with the European Commission setting up an organization to promote open standards for all purposes in IT.
“Share and reuse open source software, semantic assets and other interoperability solutions for public administrations.” Slovakia, it seems, is not yet aboard the train. Whatever the outcome of this case, the issues will be raised and that should improve the situation.