STV withdraws from cooperation with John Davies, Salamon Alapitvany Foundation (Hungary), Morava Foundations (Albania, Romania)

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Subject: STV withdraws from cooperation with John Davies, Salamon Alapitvany Foundation (Hungary), Morava Foundations (Albania, Romania)
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Tue Feb 09 1999 - 14:33:33 EST


To: Whom it concerns

From: Dutch Foundation against Trafficking in Women (STV)
                Ms. Mercedes Zandwijken, director STV
                Ms. Trijntje Kootstra, general coordinator La Strada Program
        
Subject: STV withdraws from cooperation with John Davies, Salamon
Alapitvany Foundation (Hungary), Morava Foundations (Albania, Romania)

Date: 9 February 1999

Dear all,

We would like to inform you that the Dutch Foundation against Trafficking in
Women (STV) herewith withdraws from further cooperation with John Davies and
the organisations he is connected with (the Salomon Alapitvany Foundation in
Hungary and the Morava Foundations in Romania and Albania).

Last week, we have been approached by our contact person at the European
Human Rights Foundation, the intermediary organisation of the Phare & Tacis
Democracy Programme, which is one of the financers of the '1998-2001 La
Strada Program'. He informed us of the fact that the European Commission's
anti-fraud unit (UCLAF) is currently investigating a project under the Phare
& Tacis Lien Programme which was submitted by John Davies/the Salmon
Alapitvany Foundation in Hungary.

The project was supposed to establish one one hand a horse riding facility
for handicapped children and on the other hand to organise seminars and
training sessions for prostitutes and NGOs working with prostitutes. The
project was granted the maximum EU contribution of ECU 200,000.

Upon a 'surprise working visit' to the facility by a representative of the
European Commission, the EU inspector found that the funds already
transferred had not been used for the project. In a confidential report the
European Commission representative wrote that 'the risks are very high that
funds are diverted from their original and planned destination'. The
investigator concluded that 'his very strong impression' was that the funds
had been used for a purpse 'either of personal enrichment or hidden agenda'.

The European Commission has demanded the immediate return of the funds
already transferred and began an investigation by the fraud unit of the
European Commission (UCLAF). One of the first results of this investigation
was that John Davies/Salamon Alapitvany has submitted an earlier project
proposal to the Phare & Tacis Lien Programme, using a Dutch organisation as
partner organisation without its approval or knowledge. This project was not
approved of for funding by the European Commission.

The Dutch Foundation against Trafficking in Women (STV) considers the
information received from the European Commission/European Human Rights
Foundation of a very serious nature. Our organisation can and will not allow
itself to be associated with a person or organisation who/which is accused
of such serious allegations.

Consequently, given the fact that John Davies is also closely linked to the
Morava Foundations in Albania and Romania, we see no other option than to
withdraw from cooperation with these organisations as well.

Hoping to have herewith informed you properly,

Yours sincerely,

Ms. Mercedes Zandwijken
Director Dutch Foundation against Trafficking in Women (STV)

Ms. Trijntje Kootstra
General coordinator La Strada


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