Subject: Re: STV withdraws from cooperation with John Davies, Salamon
Date: Tue Feb 09 1999 - 17:04:16 EST
I have heard from another source that this is a rumor and that no audit is
being conducted. I have written to the auditing body to request an
official response to my inquiry as I have heard two very different stories
now from two reputable sources. I will post whatever response I receive.
On Tue, 9 Feb 1999, Jyothi Kanics wrote:
> 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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