The Danish parliament has agreed to make the use of open standards mandatory in all government agencies. "Parliament directs the government to ensure that the use of information technology, including software, within public authorities is based upon open standards. No later than January 1st, 2008, the government should introduce and maintain a set of open standards that can serve as inspiration for other public authorities. Hereafter, open standards should be a part of the basis for public authorities' development and purchase of IT software, with the aim of furthering competition. The government should ensure that all digital information and data that public authorities exchange with citizens, corporations and institutions are available in formats based on open standards."