Talking of UK, yes, they seemed to have learned something. Here is the new "Procurement Policy Note" – Use of Open Standards when specifying ICT requirements: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/PPN%203_11%20Open%20Standards.pdf.
(Found in "Open standards policy gets thumbs up and let down" http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2011/03/open-standards-policy-gets-thu.html )
Open Standards is the key to "opening" software prisons. Here is some good news from Holland: "Battle For Open Standards In Dutch Public Education" http://news.slashdot.org/story/11/10/01/0013203/battle-for-open-standards-in-dutch-public-education.
Here a bizarre one: ""What's an open standard?" says ISO" http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2012/03/whats-an-open-standard-says-is.html