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Hi all,

I'm writing here to discuss the actions of members of the Board against another Director (myself).

Wednesday afternoon (24/05/2023 at approximately 15:10 CET), I started a vote on Board Discuss, the forum setup to discuss board matters publicly. The vote was intended to revert a previous decision which completely changes the Rules of Procedure by removing well defined areas of responsibility for board members. The vote included the rationale and references explaining why the vote is urgent and mandatory.

About 3 hours later I noticed that the vote post disappeared. I thought it was a problem with the platform so I tried to post it again and that's when I discovered that my posting rights have been reduced to the lowest level and I have been removed from the directors moderation group.

30 minutes later I received an email informing me that some members of the board voted to delete my vote.

The deputy chairperson, Emiliano Vavassori, was not informed and involved in the vote to delete my vote and it seems also Florian was not copied on the vote either, as would be standard practice for votes to keep the ED informed.

 A subsequent email by the chairman, Thorsten Behrens, stated that it was due to an emergency procedure which is obviously an absurd excuse. Any director and selected members of staff could have moderated the post, notified me of eventual issues with the post and republished it a few minutes later.

The board members who decided to delete my vote are not willing to even consider that they made a mistake. This gives the impression of being a retaliatory action as I "dared" to challenge a decision they want to push despite having been made aware of the clear issues. The original decision was challenged by many private and public comments.

The decision to change the Rules of Procedure, as the board did, was confirmed to be wrong by our lawyer, confirming also the issues previously reported. The lawyer recommended to revoke the vote and revert the changes. Most board members refused to act, so I've been left with no choice but to send the vote in public where, as directed by the Rules of Procedure themselves, must be discussed.

If you subscribed to Board Discuss on our Discourse instance, you should have received a copy of my vote allowing you to evaluate the matter about which I'd like to have your opinion.

Please also consider to ask the Board of Directors to revert the changes they made to the Board Discuss forum. They limit the right of expression not only to a specific board member, but also to the rest of the community, because nobody can send messages there anymore without moderation.



Paolo Vecchi - Member of the Board of Directors
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