Thanks Michael for your kind support for my proposal and to introduce me to Lionel. Hi Lionel! Let's get in touch to check together my proposal. In regards to the previous proposal I'm still of the idea that it presents as number of issues which have been discussed at lenght but not resolved and that the UK isn't at present a place where I would open a new company that will need to trade with the EU and the rest of the world. Ciao Paolo On 02/10/2020 10:10, Michael Meeks wrote:
Hi Andreas, On 30/09/2020 09:40, Andreas Mantke wrote:c) form sub-group to work out and publish business entity proposals URL: https://redmine.documentfoundation.org/issues/3294 Status: Criteria list (Lothar) Draft proposal for Luxemburg entity (Paolo), next meeting orga(Thorsten) ->> https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/NeBWm25cd2LHyoq...it's not a really appropriate behavior of a German charity to create a business entity in a country, which is known as a legal tax shelter.I'm sure no-one would want us to search the world for a jurisdiction that is maximally burdensome to incorporate and run in =) For my part Luxembourg has the major benefit that Paolo wants to be involved and help get something done. It is hard to over-state how important it is to have not only a concrete proposal but good people on the ground. Incidentally this is why I was -so- dismayed to see the UK option discarded on what I felt were poor grounds. Either way - another advantage of Luxembourg is that we are blessed with having Lionel (CC'd) based there - at a professional accountancy that (if we're really nice) may kindly offer us the benefit of their accounting experience & help with oversight. That combination of long term understanding of FLOSS, LibreOffice as well as local company / tax issues would be an incredible plus. Beyond that - having a concrete proposal from any other jurisdiction would be fine - but we should get moving. Andreas - if you want to get involved - I believe Florian is working on a German entity proposal as another option - hopefully we see that soon. Personally I think there may be merit in a UK option still - if Simon is interested in engaging. I think we've discussed a few tests (perhaps there are more) for an entity to sell things in the app-store: * protect TDF by some effective separation ie. a different entity. * have an corporate'y structure ie. no unexpected restriction on activity * provide for effective control by TDF * provide for operational isolation from the BoD + though I'm still hopeful we can de-stress the BoD relationships over time. * have low running costs, risks, and overheads * have local people willing to file forms / documents * have English Gov't interaction so all is transparent Perhaps something else ? One of the wider problems we have I think is a lack of decisiveness. Also some sort of steady stream of people arriving late to a discussion and re-starting it =) perhaps that is inevitable as discussions ripple outwards through the community as they get more concrete. From a process perspective I think we'd want to get a deadline for short, summary proposals - perhaps under some agreed grid / headings (cf. above) - that we can present to the membership as a simple poll (we have a great ranked / voting method to handle this sort of thing). With the membership's views in hand, the board could perhaps vote to give confidence to the teams involved to get on with final preparation and the actual formation. Again - it would be lovely to help out by build a constructive, detailed alternative proposal if you can Andreas, and I imagine that would be welcome. My 2 cents, Michael.
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