It is a more flexible language spoken here.
Money law applies, actually.
Some 15 months ago Bill came In Athens - Greece, gave a lecture on innovation [Microsoft's vision on the future of technology] as he put it.
At the same time and roughly through the same procedure ( no public bidding process) a 70,000 win OS + office licenses agreement was signed, between Microsoft and the Greek Minster of Economy at that time, Mr Alogoskoufis.
The motivating benefit has been 50 Visual Studio licenses for as long the contract lasts, plus an innovation portal. In other words 667.49 x 50 = 33,374,5 euros and a portal for 9 to 36 million job, since unit prices remained unclear, pending a additional agreement.
Could you deal better?
reacted (among many others notably), but not effectively.
Full coverage (in Greek): http://www.ffii.gr/ms-gov-agreement
The agreement (in English): http://sandbox.cs.uchicago.edu/blog_el/files/SPA.en.pdf