LibDems in France: the president leaves a bill of almost 1000 € to be paid to the co-organizers of ALDE Party IM / France, the individual members of t0 Replies
LibDems in France: the president leaves a bill of almost 1000 € to be paid to the co-organizers of ALDE Party IM / France, the individual members of the Renew Europe group, after the Toulouse meeting of 28 September in Toulouse on "Brexit and European Policies » This is a wonderful story of cross-party cooperation that deserves to be told. The current president of the LibDems in France contacted at the end of 2018 the French Coordinator of the ALDE Party IM / France. LibDems sits in the "Renew Europe" group formerly ALDE in the European Parliament. The idea was to make a meeting in Toulouse on the theme "Brexit and European Policies". Seeing that the project was not moving forward, and that the President of the LibDems in France was the only one managing everything, I suggested that the "France team" ALDE give him a hand. This team includes, in particular, representatives in France of political parties from other EU countries. A budget was presented by the Coordinator ALDE-IM / France, accepted by the president of LibDems in France. Quite quickly, the president of the LibDems left us the task of setting up the project by his repeated absence: impossible to get him to write a program. it was necessary for the Coordinator ALDE-France to draft it; Unable to obtain introductory texts, the president of the LibDems in France systematically returned the original text (poorly written in English and poorly translated into French); The Coordinator Alde-IM France had given a list of politicians to invite imperatively by the president of the LibDems, for reasons of republican politeness (including the local presidents of French political parties sitting in the group Renew Europe)., The president of the LibDems in France did not invite any! Between the 2nd of September and the 10th of September, it was impossible to join the President of the LibDems, he did not respond voluntarily while we had urgent things to settle. He responded by email on September 10th that he was not answering because he was going on a tour with his family! Even better : On the lack of republican politeness: the custom is that when an event like the meeting of Toulouse is organized by bringing in British, German and other parliamentarians, the organizer contacts the City Hall to invite the Mayor of the city. The president of the LibDems in France did not do it while the Coordinator ALDE_IM France asked him very many times to do it. It was necessary that the coordinator ALDE_IM France uses all its diplomatic sense of former diplomat to "catch the blow" and avoid the diplomatic incident with the Mayor of Toulouse arriving to invite, even late, the Deputy Mayor concerned. We continue ... It's not over! I pass on the room in the Novotel Purpan whose last two rows of seats were dirty and stained, the microphones that did not work. The money and the € 1000 bill left: A week before the meeting in Toulouse, with ticket sales, the accounts were already balanced and the budgeted expenses paid. Only three people had bought the meal proposal. So, it was decided to cancel the proposed lunch meal, and leave it free. In addition the hotel has a restaurant and there are restaurants around the hotel. Surprise: At the end of the morning of the 28 September meeting, the President of LibDems announced that a buffet lunch was served for the participants When the people, whose expenses were to be taken care of, left the hotel, they were surprised to learn that they had to pay the reserved hotel rooms on behalf of the company of the President of the LibDems in France. , whereas they had to be paid by the President of the LibDems in France directly. I remind you that a week before the meeting, there was enough cash on hand. We continue! A few days later, the president of the LibDems in France sent an email to the other co-organizers asking them to pay the entrance fee to the conference plus lunch! Since when do the organizers pay to participate in the meeting they organized? = 45 €! The President of LibDems in France also said he would not pay other fees.In fact, the president of LibDems in France used the money to pay the expenses for …fully refund his own expenses, and, invite his British friends on Friday, September 27 evening for dinner and lunch on Saturday, September 28 noon. He left a bill of almost 1000 € for the co-organizers. ALDE Party coordinator IM France sent a complaint against the president of Libdems En France to LibDems president Jo Swinson. Ditto for the general secretariat of ALDE in Brussels. The financial director of LibDems assured that the costs would be reimbursed ... by the President of the Libdems in France. He has still not repaid despite pressure. The ALDE Party Im France coordinator put a post on the ALD-IM Facebook group on this story. The case is therefore public. For my part, I find myself having paid a bill of just over € 450 while my husband is unemployed and we absolutely can not afford such a hole. Because of the President of LibDems in France, I am obliged to cancel a very important trip for me. I wanted to tell you this story because the attitude of the president of LibDems in France is inadmissible. He is a man without words. ALDE_IM Party France and probably other political parties in Frank will no longer collaborate with the LibDems in France as long as it will be chaired by the current president. This is what the ALDE Party Im France coordinator wrote to LibDems President Swinson. As proof of what I have just written, I can give copies of all the justifying emails.