Marco Cappato, italian MEP and member of Liberals in the European Parliament, has asked for a copy of the supplying contract between Microsoft and the Council, here is the answer:
Open standards: the European Council refused to supply the contracts concluded with Microsoft
7 Novembre, 2008 - 10:29
Marco Cappato MEP asked the Council to provide him the contract concluded by the Council and Microsoft, and the Study on the Open Source realized by the interinstitutional committee on informatics in 2005. The Council refused to supply these documents. As the Council quoted these documents in an answer given to Cappato's written question on the adoption of open source facilities as support to the institution's work, Cappato claimed for these records.
The Council negative answer was motivated saying that "because these contracts establish specific terms and conditions for the European institutions, the divulgation of those information could jeopardize the protection of commercial interest of Microsoft. Acknowledging that the divulgations of the records are not backed by a clear public interest, the Secretariat general concludes that the protection of Microsoft's commercial interests, being one of the commercial partners of the European institutions, prevails on the divulgation for the public interest".
Regarding the Study made in 2005 the Council "has not keep any copy of the Study. The Secretariat general suggests to ask a copy to the interistututional committee on informatics' archives".