Yesterday evening at Agora Enschede the vote of confidence for the Comité Directeur (CD) took place. To sum it up, at the beginning the whole procedure took over two hours. At 21:30 the delegates left the plenary exhausted after 12 hours full of sessions.
Alfredo Sellitti, President of AEGEE-Europe, was the first one of the CD members who spoke in front the plenary. The expectations of the audience were high. People were eager to hear what the CD members had to say in case of the vote of confidence. Alfredo stressed out once more how surprised he was to hear about the vote of confidence against him from five other CD members (see the names in the last article
All of the CD members stated that the team work has never been the best and they had some internal problems they had to deal with, therefore they organised internal teambuilding activities and discussed these topics. Alfredo declared that he knew – he is not the best President of AEGEE-Europe and he never claimed that. However, he always wanted to be as good President as he could. He was aware of the internal problems, but was totally shocked and surprised by the vote of confidence against him.
During the last days the rumours were spread that there will be a vote against confidence against Jüri Kirpu, Internal Relations Director of AEGEE-Europe. Marko Grdošić confirmed that until last Friday he actually wanted to propose to the Agora a vote of confidence against Jüri because of an emotional reaction, which happened last week in the CD house, but was not explained in detail. However, he and other CD members withdrew the idea, because they realised that the reason of the problem was not Jüri, but rather Alfredo.
According to the CD members, many reasons let them to think about a vote of confidence against Alfredo, starting with Agora Skopje, because Alfredo published on ANNOUNCE-L the news that the local Agora organisers resigned without informing the rest of the CD team about this e-mail.
Naturally, a question appeared – why these CD members have waited so long for this vote if the team work was not possible already for some time?
Gizem Karsli stated that now yet another reason appeared as a final straw: they blame Alfredo for using his position as President of AEGEE-Europe for personal issues, which Alfredo strongly rejects. Alfredo also explained that he only used his position in the best interest of AEGEE and only in this matter.
For me as an observer of the discussion, it seemed like there are three groups in the CD. First, there is this group of five CD members: Gizem, Marko, Jüri, Guillermo and Elena who are against Alfredo. Second, Alma Mozgovaja (Secretary General) was left out and declared that she was informed about it only in the last weekend when the decision was already taken by the rest of the CD members. It was automatically supposed that she is on his side. However, Alma clarified that she is on nobody’s side.
Shortly before the voting the Chair Team stressed out that the voting should be taken carefully and should not be based on emotions.
For now we are waiting for the result who will receive the vote of confidence and who might lose his or her CD position. This morning the voting results will be announced.
Stay stunned! We will keep you updated!
Written by Stephanie Müller, AEGEE-Heidelberg