01.25.21

The Linux Foundation, With Over 124 Million Dollars in Annual Revenue, is in Trouble Because of the Pandemic, So It’s Trying to Reinvent Itself as Training and Certifications Outfit

Posted in Finance, Marketing at 2:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Sometimes leveraging ethnic minorities for marketing

Linux Foundation $124,492,699 in revenue

Summary: With mountains of cash and a Public Relations (PR) or marketing business model the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation became reliant on travel, lodging, booths and speeches on sale; COVID-19 is a great risk to that business model

THE Linux Foundation operated at a loss in 2018 because it had been paying out outrageous salaries, exceeding what revenue permitted. The revenue was nearly $100 million at the time and as the screenshot above shows it grew to $124,492,699 in revenue the following year (IRS filing not easy to fetch yet).

Back when we studied the latest available filing we saw this:

Linux Foundation conferences

Here’s the bit about overspending to the point of being cashflow negative 2 years ago:

Linux Foundation losses

Aside from corporate bribes (even from the likes of Microsoft), the Foundation raises a lot of money from the marketing activities, which include events. But COVID-19 has pretty much grounded all that activity, which means that some people at the Foundation no longer have a job (or barely have anything to do, except maybe sign up for some Zoom account). This is really hurting the Foundation, which is why it’s turning Linux.com into a marketing/spam site of its training/certifications business. Yes, business. It was never really a non-profit…

“Given that this is the sort of thing that the Foundation increasingly does (running Windows sites and using “Macs” for reports about Linux), it would not be too devastating to lose the Foundation, only to see it replaced by something (hopefully) better.”It seems possible that many inside the Foundation will need to take a considerable paycut for 2020. The Foundation still has a mountain of money in the bank, but it cannot carry on losing money forever.

For those who haven’t paid enough attention, the Foundation does not really support Linux. It supports surveillance and openwashing; it supports whatever agenda corporations pay it to promote, even proprietary software. Yesterday Phoronix said that the Foundation has a new “mentorship” programme. If you try to apply for this mentorship you are asked to log in with one of: 1) Microsoft (GitHub) 2) Microsoft (LinkedIn) 3) Google 4) Facebook. Given that this is the sort of thing that the Foundation increasingly does (running Windows sites and using "Macs" for reports about Linux), it would not be too devastating to lose the Foundation, only to see it replaced by something (hopefully) better.

01.22.21

The Linux Foundation is Trying to Obscure Racism Using Microsoft-Inspired Tactics (Vouchers Disguised as Actual Money)

Posted in Deception, Finance at 1:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The Linux Foundation and its PR stunts don’t help combat racism; one might argue that the Foundation is leveraging racism, which prevails in the US, to paint itself as benevolent and caring (offering immaterial things and self-serving press releases)

TWO years ago an anonymous contributor of ours (not white, not male) investigated race and gender issues at the Linux Foundation, which hires nobody black but is perfectly happy to leverage racial grievances at critical times (where there are opportunities to score PR points on the cheap). The matter is scarcely and rarely explored in the media. For instance, on MLK Day (days ago) the Foundation issued this press release, soon to be echoed by a bunch of puff pieces from Foundation affiliates and media partners (such as this one or this one).

“It’s not grassroots, but it is looking to exploit high-profile activists and activism, quite frankly in the same way/fashion top sponsors of the Foundation do.”Corporate activism or pseudo-activism isn’t a new issue and it’s not unique to the Foundation; it’s not unique to technology either as it’s highly pervasive in politics. This video, which was difficult to do (especially without any preparation), brings up more difficult issues that nobody wants to speak about (out of fear of offending people or talking down legitimate gestures). The Foundation extends an olive branch to billionaires, not to communities. It’s not grassroots, but it is looking to exploit high-profile activists and activism, quite frankly in the same way/fashion top sponsors of the Foundation do.

12.29.20

When it Comes to Bill Gates and Vaccination, Critics Need to Focus on Monopoly and Profits at Taxpayers’ Expense

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Finance, Videos at 1:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: This video does not deal with whether or not COVID-19 vaccines (Russia and the US promote some) are effective and/or safe; instead, it focuses on who stands to benefit from them financially (the elephant in the room is the co-founder of Microsoft, who is wrongly portrayed as an expert)

THE mass hysteria over Bill Gates isn’t entirely unfounded, but it’s often misdirected and misguided. It attributes to Mr. Gates things he did not actually do and does not intend to do, either. We’ve often wondered aloud if this is intentional — that is, whether there’s an attempt to make a caricature out of critics of Bill Gates.

“The media cites as an authority on the matter people with no real (technical) understanding of vaccination — people like Gates who are in effect vaccine profiteers rather than vaccination gurus.”This subject is hardly new to us. For over a decade we’ve warned that Gates was aligning himself to make a lot of money out of vaccination — to the point where he was hijacking decision-making bodies all around the world (some insiders from those bodies openly complained about Gates and his intervention). India is a good example of it, but Africa doesn’t lack examples as well.

india-gates-foundationAt the moment many people are urged to adopt mass vaccination shouldered by national budget (i.e. taxpayers) and little attention is being paid to monopoly aspects. The media cites as an authority on the matter people with no real (technical) understanding of vaccination — people like Gates who are in effect vaccine profiteers rather than vaccination gurus. The media itself often turns out to have been paid by Gates, leading to yet another issue and raising perfectly legitimate questions because the press and TV channels ought not reduced themselves to pure marketing; their job ought to be informing the public and doing so responsibly.

Links for/from the video (more recent first):

  1. Donald Trump Helped Bill Gates Increase His Wealth by More Than 50%, Especially During the Pandemic
  2. Conspiracy Theories Have Successfully Distracted From Perfectly Legitimate and Real Scandals of Bill Gates in India, the Fertile Ground for Unethical Mass Experimentation on Humans
  3. Latest Tim Schwab Investigative Report on Bill Gates Explores His Latest Vaccine Profiteering Drive (important video of Bill Gates at the bottom)
  4. While the Poor Get Sick, Bill Gates Just Gets Richer
  5. Bill Gates, King of Piracy and Serial Vandal, is a Terrible Public Face for Vaccination Efforts/COVID-19 Response Drive
  6. India May be Taking Bill Gates to Court for Misusing His So-called ‘Charity’ to Conduct Clinical Trials Without Consent on Behalf of Companies He Invests in

12.26.20

Boxing People

Posted in Deception, Finance, Videos at 11:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Think inside the box (home) and stay there?

Summary: The transition from analogue to digital is severely harming human rights; the media hardly talks about this and is often (instead of tackling key concerns) cheering for changes that discard and disregard people’s basic dignity, even more so by piggybacking an international emergency like COVID-19

DUE to a technical error (plugging in a headset with a microphone, which was turned off, without even bothering to check it) I lost my first take of this video (about an hour long; it had no sound!), so this is the first time we’re doing a “second take”.

“This makes it increasingly hard to challenge authority…”Most of the important points from the first take could still be reproduced from memory, but here’s a short summary.

The video does not deal with the vaccination hype, which gives people hopes and tries to restore confidence in the economic status quo (the “just hang in there” motivational pattern). The reason is quite simple; there’s a stigma associated with people who ask questions about expedited processes in a state of emergency. When people bring up concerns about the security of voting machines with back doors they immediately get portrayed as people who support Donald Trump’s “fraud” narrative (which includes sacking someone who had worked for Microsoft and then defended the security of elections with voting machines using Windows instead of paper ballots with proper paper trail). We’ve sadly entered worrying times or a saddening era wherein asking questions and expressing scepticism leads to accusations (sometimes a false association) or conflations with “conspiracy theories” (both the existent/existing ones and satirised versions of them). This makes it increasingly hard to challenge authority (like notorious, self-serving people who promised us "normality" by Christmas). Censorship comes next. Authoritarian imposing of “permissible” speech, rationalised by promises of “safety”…

What do you call curfew in 2020? 'Tier Four'A lot of the video focuses on the “War on Cash” and how COVID-19 has been exploited by those waging this ‘war’ (because they stand to gain from it). We’re hoping to make more videos along those lines, dealing with the impact of technology on society and vice versa. A lot of these issues have been covered here for years, so making the videos is fast and easy, without preparation (or with preparations, such as opening the right pages) and no notes/rehearsal.

Thanks to readers (or rather watchers/listeners) who sent us equipment recommendations. If this form of publication persists, we’ll definitely work harder to improve quality, including clarity. I’m relatively new to all this. I also use Free software (exclusively) in the entire production pipeline.

Links from the video:

12.25.20

[Meme] How the Grinch Stole EPO Money

Posted in Deception, Europe, Finance, Patents at 5:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

EPO: we don't have money; we do actually; that's mine; EPC violation; will pass a resolution at the Council; meh; I am office president! OK, Tony; anyone still wanna work for EPO?

Christmas Grinch Meme

Summary: The EPO under Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos pillages and plunders the EPO’s infiltrated treasury while bribing the media to not write anything about it and for regulators to look the other way

12.15.20

This Week We Shall See If the EPO’s Administrative Council, Led by Josef Kratochvil, is Complicit in a Financial Scam

Posted in Europe, Finance, Fraud, Patents at 5:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Europe’s second-largest institution is in peril as long as nobody wants to end the corruption (either due to fear or because of personal gain)

Whose servant? Now servant of the person he was supposed to supervise
Reference: Josef Kratochvíl

Summary: The administered-by-the-Office ‘Administrative’ Council is having a webchat this week while EPO staff is on strike; it remains to be seen if it’s merely complicit in the financial scams run by the Office, e.g. Salary Adjustment [sic] Procedure (SAP) and EPOTIF (looting EPO workers for gambling purposes or personal gain by managers and former managers)

“The new Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP) will already lead in the first year of its implementation to a massive, irreversible salary cut,” the staff representatives of the EPO wrote this morning, then citing selective bits of the letter below, sent 4 days ago to heads of delegations, who now assemble virtually for the Administrative Council’s meeting, ‘attended’ virtually by António Campinos and ‘in spirit’ by his boss, Benoît Battistelli.

Josef KratochvilThe representatives ask: “Will the AC delegations accept being further misguided?”

“…as per a recent survey, a round total of 0% (yes, zero) of staff trusts the Council.”That’s putting it politely as we’ve long suspected some of them were complicit and several stakeholders in member states were personally benefiting — financially or otherwise — from participation in this financial scam/fraud.

Here’s the full letter, which cites for backing the Association of the European Patent Office Pensioners (mostly retired examiners):

Reference: sc20186cl – 0.3.1/1.3.1/4.2.2
Date: 11.12.2020

To the Chairman and
The Heads of Delegation of the
Administrative Council of the
European Patent Organisation

OPEN LETTER

New Salary Adjustment Procedure: need for action

Dear Mr Chairman,
Dear Heads of Delegation,

Staff have already had an eye-opening moment with the new Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP), which now materialises with CA/66/20. It will already lead in the first year of its implementation to a massive, irreversible salary cut. At the same time, the Office is announcing a massive yearly surplus and massive increases in the Office funds (RFPSS and EPOTIF). Reality is disproving the dystopian assumptions and forecasts that resulted in financial measures unnecessarily imposed on staff.

The Staff Committees have organised virtual general assemblies, virtual floor meetings and mail actions where staff expressed their anger. On 15 December staff will have a symbolic one-day strike (“Enough is Enough”).

The implementation of the SAP in its first year exposes the illegality of decision CA/D 4/20 and the failures of the Office management1, who is still attempting to mislead staff and other stakeholders.

The question now arises. Will the delegations accept being further misguided and persist in a course which ultimately puts the sense of belonging to a common organisation at risk?

____
1 See also the letter sent by the Association of the European Patent Office Pensioners on 8 December 2020 (annexed). Active staff are future pensioners.


It is high time that the delegations open their eyes and exercise their supervisory role.

Yours sincerely,

Alain Dumont
Chairman of the Central Staff Committee

Annex: Comments by the Association of EPO Pensioners on CA/66/20


Vereinigung der Pensionäre des Europäischen Patentamts
Association of the European Patent Office Pensioners
Association des pensionnés de l’Office européen des brevets
Vereniging van de gepensioneerden van het Europees Octrooibureau

Der Vorsitzende
The Chairman
Le Président
De Voorzitter

Curt Edfjäll
curtedfjaell@googlemail.com

8th December 2020

For the attention of:
• Mr Josef Kratochvil, Chairman of the Administrative Council
• Heads and Deputies of Members States Delegations on the Administrative Council
Copy to:
• Mr Antonio Campinos, President of the EPO
• EPO Central Staff Committee
• Council Secretariat
• Board of EPO Pensioners Association.

Dear Mr Kratochvil,
Dear Heads and Deputies of Member States Delegations on the Administrative Council,

Subject: Comments by the Association of EPO Pensioners on CA/66/20, “Adjustment with effect from 1 January 2021 of salaries… and of pensions paid by the Office.”

With CA/D4/20 the Administrative Council approved the new methodology for adjustment of salaries and pensions. Article 10 of CA/D4/20 reads: ”Any positive adjustment resulting from the application of Article 9 and carried forward after three annual salary adjustments will be paid out to employees as a lump sum in proportion to the basic salaries and allowances they received over the three-year period.”

With document CA/66/20 the Office is now presenting the results of the implementation of the methodology from the decision of CA/D4/20. The Association has only recently been made aware of the existence of CA/66/20 and of the negative and unequal effects it will have on pensioners in comparison to active staff.

In point 24 of CA/66/20, the Office presents the excess adjustment not applied in January 2021 for the four countries in which the Office employs staff. CA/66/20 does not specify which excess adjustments have not been applied in countries where EPO pensioners use the salary scale of the country in which they are resident. CA/66/20 states that the remaining balance is carried forward to a redistribution pool which will be used in next year’s adjustment and for a potential one-off payment after 3 years of application of the salary methodology.

Pensioners Association Comments on CA/66/20
Page 1 of 2


The Association has on several occasions asked the Office for explanations as to how the redistribution pool works for pensioners. Only by mail to the Chairman of the Association dated 7 December 2020 did the Office clarify that although the mechanism of excess adjustment is applied to pensioners, the lump sum will not be paid out to pensioners at the end of the 3-year period. I quote from the mail from VP4: “Any remainder of the carried forward adjustment will be paid as a lump sum only to employees in return for their active contribution to the Office’s success in these difficult times.” I wish to recall that today’s pensioners have all also contributed to the success of the EPO and should therefore not be treated unequally to active staff.

VP4 further states: “the principle of equal treatment has been respected.” It is evident that this is not correct. By not according any payment from the redistribution pool to pensioners, there is no equal treatment.

It is thus clear from the Office’s statement above that the Office intends to use the redistribution pool as a kind of bonus payment for active staff, which was certainly not the intention behind the new methodology. However, any money in the redistribution pool resulting from the excess adjustment applied to pension payments will not paid out to pensioners although this money has been taken from their pension payments.

EPC Article 33(2)c states: “The Administrative Council shall be competent to adopt or amend the Pensions Scheme Regulations and any appropriate increases in existing pensions to correspond to increase in salaries.”

The proposal to implement the new methodology so that pensioners do not benefit from the payment of a lump sum at the end of the 3-year period is thus in contradiction to the EPC itself and constitutes an unequal treatment of pensioners compared to active staff.

The Association assumes that the Administrative Council was also not aware of the way the Office intends to apply Article 10 of CA/D4/20 and its negative effects on pensioners.

The Association therefore respectfully requests the Administrative Council to instruct the Office to apply EPC Article 33(2)c correctly so that also pensioners will be given treatment equal to that applied to active staff such that the pensioners will also benefit from a lump sum payment.

Curt Edfjäll
Chairman of the EPO Pensioners’ Association

Pensioners Association Comments on CA/66/20
Page 2 of 2

The likely correct perception that the Council is complicit in it all (seeing the current role of Ernst and previous role of Kongstad, before he was removed for scandals) means that, as per a recent survey, a round total of 0% (yes, zero) of staff trusts the Council. It’s seen as a big part of the problem, incapable of correcting it (because it is unwilling to).

12.08.20

The ‘Going Back to Normal’ Mirage

Posted in Finance at 7:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Stay indoors, motherf***er

Summary: This idea that the pandemic is a temporary peril overlooks long-lasting issues, which already became more than visible 12 years ago when financial markets crashed, leaving many unemployed and unable to find alternative employment (many gave up trying), putting aside planetary overstretch by nearly 8,000,000,000 human beings

SOME people want the “old normal” back, whereas many others (perhaps most people) reject it and also deem it unattainable. Many demand a “reset” (economic, political and so on). The position mostly depends on how life was for these people before or during the pandemic (so far). This year was a very good time to be a vaccine profiteer even if there’s no effective vaccine, only experiments of rather massive and unprecedented scales (millions of human subjects). The corporate media rushed to mock Russia’s early (perhaps premature) attempt at vaccination and now acts like a marketing department of several American corporations; and of course they’ll call critics “antivaxxers” (even if rushing or expediting things, replacing 5-15 years with just a few months, makes totally legitimate all sorts of questions and ‘celebrity endorsements’ do more harm than good by reaffirming negative perceptions about the motivations).

“It seems unlikely that we’ll resolve the crisis in a number of years, let alone in a generation or two.”Techrights isn’t a medical site. Unlike a certain “Joseph Mercola” (whom some view as a quack for his views on vaccination and other matters), I won’t be pretending to be a guru in vaccination. My Ph.D. is in Medical Biophysics and that has nothing whatsoever to do with vaccination. My only position on it is that based on vaccination experts, extensive tests and experiments must be conducted for years (not just to study long-term effects) before prescribing or even imposing shots on millions if not billions of people. What’s happening right now isn’t consistent with best practices, to say the least. This subject was brought up yesterday in our IRC channels. We all accept vaccination and happily take many vaccines (measles for instance) because those are well established and have taken many years to mature. Not all vaccinations are equal; it’s a question of 1) how effective is it (caveats for age, race, gender and so on)? 2) are there short- and long-term side effects? There’s also the side issue of, who profits from this and is it ethical to funnel taxpayers’ money into potential placebos (or worse)…

You think I can work from home all year long?My personal view is that the planet is overpopulated (an unpopular view that is nonetheless shared by many people) and we’re approaching full capacity or exceeding capacity, not only in hospitals. Nutritional demands, which are growing, finish off what’s left of wildlife/forests, necessarily shrinking the fauna and flora out there (and industrial farming or animal farming hardly counts for anything). Energy consumption has already fallen: fewer sales, less construction, less air travel and fewer boats in the sea (oil tankers, cruise ships, containers). So in a sense nature is re-balancing itself. We too should accept that and find a new balance. “Sustainability” is a bit of a buzzword (leveraged for marketing purposes, greenwashing type), but there’s still substance to it. Oligarchs do nothing about it except talk about it. They amass whole fleets of private jets, they double or triple in a single generation, and they encourage us to buy (and thus manufacture i.e. extract/mine) lots and lots more stuff.

This planet is not getting any bigger (it cannot), other planets don’t offer the conditions we’ve long evolved for, the quality of the soil (or easy-to-combust energy sources beneath) is deteriorating and ‘Brexit’ was territorialism in action.

There are root causes; COVID-19 isn’t it. The mainstream politicians find it convenient to blame just that.

It seems unlikely that we’ll resolve the crisis in a number of years, let alone in a generation or two. Europe’s second-largest institution, the EPO, shows that even people with very strong education level and professional background (no, not clueless politicians like Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos) have no job security; even salaries and pensions are under attack. There’s no lack of money (a man-made concept anyway) but mis-allocation of resources/power (in the authority sense). Regardless of how power/resources get distributed (money is only a surrogate), there are many people on this planet — several billions in fact — who are already rendered ‘worthless’ (absolutely no decision-making power in their country and zero leverage over international policy) and that number grows over time because of concentration or consolidation of power. It’s not COVID-19 that caused this, but it’s accentuating and accelerating things. It’s a bit of a symptom. The pandemic isn’t just a virus. There are many fitting metaphors that are more than just suitable.

People should quit thinking of “normal” or back to some “normal”; the present is the normal and COVID-19 has been spreading in the planet for over a year now. It’s not going away but peaking. As correctly noted here: “Only if we end the pandemic everywhere can we end the pandemic anywhere. The entire world has the same goal: cases of COVID-19 need to go to zero.”

Promises were big; Lockdowns were shortThat won’t happen any time soon, especially if we cannot find a very effective vaccine and then force everyone to take it. For a decade to come COVID can become the ‘new flu’ — very common, widespread, but vastly more lethal than the ordinary flu… (for which we have vaccines by the way; though we never made the flu extinct, did we?)

Stay safe, travel less, wear a mask outdoors (outside the household) and find ways to adapt to the present because it’s likely the “new normal” for a long time to come (no matter what politicians and oligarchs-funded state media like the BBC promise us).

OK, 'Boris'... Whatever...

12.01.20

Censored EPO Publication: Battistelli Can Have His Multi-Billion Euro EPO Scam, So Why Can’t Campinos Too?

Posted in Deception, Europe, Finance, Fraud, Patents at 10:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Earlier today: European Commission’s Thierry Breton Covers Up EPO Corruption For His Friend Benoît Battistelli

Summary: Mr. Campinos, seeing what Mr. Battistelli has managed to get away with (the Commission approves, having been infiltrated by friends of the ringleaders), piggybacks or follows the steps of his appointer by blasting almost a billion euros on a worthless project with no real purpose and the Central Staff Committee (CSC) warns it has “very high risk of mismanagement and fraud”

AS EXPECED, THE EPO does not want its staff to be informed. It’s not helpful (to oneself) when people receive information about one’s crimes. This is a lot bigger (in terms of financial scale) than FIFA/UEFA scandals. Techrights will be publishing censored EPO publications this week; we have some securities in place, e.g. in case of censorship attempts. We accomplish this by decentralisation, notably mass dissemination to and from many nodes that can serve the suppressed pages.

Taking a breakToday we start by publishing a document about buildings the EPO planned to build at a massive cost (prior to the pandemic). António Campinos likes to pretend that the Office has a financial crisis while Benoît Battistelli loses hundreds of millions of euros of EPO money by gambling that money away. Why was a criminal put in charge of a law school? You know a “scheme” when you see one and it’s not hard to see who will benefit from it…

“You know a “scheme” when you see one and it’s not hard to see who will benefit from it…”“Burning money to create a burning deck,” the Committee of EPO staff (CSC) called the building projects. “Management is currently censoring a CSC paper about Mr Campinos’ building investment program,” it noted. We’ve already given examples of Campinos and his colleagues censoring the CSC as early as 2018. “We ask ourselves whether the Building Investment Program (CA/43/19) is in line with sound housekeeping,” the CSC said. “Moreover, the focus should be on staff needs for accommodation. We request the Administrative Council to consider putting a caveat on the programme in its present form: we need to first explore scenarios and work on the programme of requirements in a truly inclusive manner, involving the Staff Committees as user representatives. After adoption, the programme should be monitored by an independent body to limit the risks of mismanagement and fraud.”

Well, those “risks of mismanagement and fraud” are more than just risks but a reality; mismanagement and fraud had gone on for years prior to this project. Here’s the summary of the full publication:

Summary: Burning money to create a burning deck

The Central Staff Committee appreciates the commitment to preserving the EPO’s patrimony in a state that it provides a healthy and motivating working environment and aims at improving sustainability. The proposed programme requires unprecedented expenditure. We ask ourselves whether this is in line with sound housekeeping. The planned investment over more than EUR 1 billion also appears to have future sales of property in mind. It presupposes that future owners would find the EPO’s definition of modern and state-of-the-art attractive and suitable for their respective needs. It may also be the case that inflated, unachievable, values of buildings will be used for future planning decisions. With planning concepts for workspaces changing over time it is impossible to predict what a future owner might require at an undetermined point of sale. We feel that this perspective should not feature at all in any building or refurbishment plans of the EPO. The focus should be on staff needs for accommodation. A possible sale of PschorrHöfe 7 without considering abandoning the lease of Haar does not appear to be thought through.

Initiatives to preserve the value of our patrimony enjoy the support of staff, whilst increasing its value for increasing’s sake does not, and especially not at a time where a flawed financial study paves the way to heavy cuts in salaries, allowances and pensions. The building of an “engaged, knowledgeable and collaborative organisation” does not require many of the initiatives at the base of the current program. The Building Investment Program is burning money to help create the burning deck painted in the Financial Study for preparing for instance an affordability-issue for tax-compensation on pensions. Faced with such prospects it is no wonder that staff are very suspicious of building projects that are not only excessive but also detrimentally affect the day-to-day work and, ultimately, staff health. It is undisputed that some renovation of old buildings and maintenance is necessary. But investments here should be driven by needs, not by aspirations not serving the staff’s – and therefore the Office’s – interests.

We request the Administrative Council to consider putting a caveat on the presented Building Investment Program and to instead encourage the President to first explore scenarios and work on the programme of requirements in a truly inclusive manner, involving the Staff Committees as user representatives. A revised Building Investment Program should then be presented to the AC.

Cost transparency, cost control, the lack of adequate planning, the Office’s capacity and even its ability to manage such projects were an issue for New Main as well as for the Isar-refurbishment (see CA/7/12, C. Report on the project costs). A program-value of in excess of EUR 1bn combined with the intended types of contract entails a very high risk of mismanagement and fraud occurring in the various phases of the program. The Administrative Council should not be put in a position again where it grudgingly has to approve further expenditure. The program should be monitored by an independent body over the whole life-cycle of the program, with uninhibited access to all information sources and reporting directly to the Administrative Council. An Audit Committee analogous to the one defined in CA/D 9/09 comes to mind.

Now, with the buildings on the back-burner (at least not burned), the Office suddenly claims to have a huge deficit though it’s merely an excuse for robbing EPO staff and blow billions of euros on other scams like Battistelli’s. This is like classic organised crime and it has become so pervasive that friends of the perpetrators now occupy positions of power in the EU/EC. Where’s the media? Where are the journalists? Oh, we can see where

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