[EURO-Discuss] Regional advice on France at Large application needed

Wolf Ludwig wolf.ludwig at comunica-ch.net
Mon Apr 28 16:55:24 EDT 2008

Hi Vittorio and all,

Vittorio Bertola wrote Mon, 28 Apr 2008 20:07:
>> Attached please find the DD form dated March 27 which was the basis
>> of our discussions and considerations of the given case.
>Ok, so we have an interesting case in which the staff's due diligence 
>claims things that are opposite to what the applicant says. From this 
>due diligence form I see one fundamental question: are the 17 members 
>real and active, or not? (since, according to the due diligence, there 
>is no membership list and no mailing list, and the Web page seems to 
>have been created just recently)
>I see also a point about the secretariat being the only managing entity, 
>but that's normal as long as the secretariat is elective (acting like a 
>Board). It's not normal if the secretariat is not elected by the 
>members. So what's the case?

At this point I don't want to make this to "my personal or private affair" 
against an applicant, not at all. And when you argue that "the staff's 
due diligence claims things that are opposite to what the applicant says" 
I can tell you that several people - not only staff - expressed the same 
questions and doubts about the original application form conc. members, 
character of organisation, role and participation of individual Internet 
users, "the secretariat  being the only managing entity" and who exactly 
elects and mandats the secretariat (a secretariat is normaly understood 
as the "executive" and the board, elected by a GA, as "legislative" part 
of an organisation). The other question was funding by whom? The 
"17 members real and active, or not?", as you mentioned? 

I think, this variety of questions and inconsistencies gave enough ground
for the suggested non-approval - not only for staff members - but the 
board members involved as well -- and not arguing in a concerted, 
negative or prejudiced manner. But as I stated before, this was a collective 
process. I took the role (as present chair) to communicate the bad  and 
unpleasant message but I don't want to stipulate it to my personal or 
private affair against an applicant.


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