An article in the latest issue of Beric’ht Talossan has revealed that funds raised by Talossa AID, a private organisation created in 2009 by a group including the Foreign Affairs Minister Breneir Itravilatx MC, have been unaccounted for since 2011. BT also noted the “similarity” between the newly established Bureau of Humanitarian Aid and Interntional Development and Talossa AID, as well as the responsibility exercise by the Forign Affairs Minister over both organisations.
Reporting on the launch of BHAID for BT, Sir Alexandreu Davinescu notes that Talossa AID was “successful in many respects, raising hundreds of louise”, and that its last published financial statement showed a balance of L122.40 (approximately US$182). However no further statements have since been published leaving the final destination of these residual funds unexplained. According to BT these funds would be “presumably held by Ministreu Iravilatx”.
In an exchange in the Wittenberg Shoutbox, S:reu Itravilatx encouraged Sir Alexandreu “to make sure you get the whole [TalossaAID] story. I am as curious as you are”. Sir Alexandreu pledged “to follow the truth wherever it leads”. The BT publisher further stated that as the Minister responsible for BHAID was a board member of TalossaAID, where “hundreds of louise…are missing” that “it seems a wee bit like a public service to investigate.”
Speaking to ETT, S:reu Itravilatx stated that while he was a board member of TalossaAID in 2011, he was inactive with respect to Talossan affairs in the period in question “due to family issues”. S:reu Itravilatx also told ETT that “the chief financial officer duties were shared by Istefan Pethonest (Convenor) and Flip Molinar (Budget Officer)”. He also stated that on receiving questions from the BT publisher he had informed Sir Alexandreu that he should refer inquiries about financial matters to S:reus Pethonest and Molinar, as they “were more active in the organization’s existence than me.”
While acknowledging that “it is important to figure out” if any residual funds remain from Talossa AID’s operations, the Minister told ETT that he felt that “this [the BT allegations] is an effort to discredit the new BHAID by sowing uncertainty as to the maintenance of contributions.” While it was not referred to in the BT article, Sir Alexandreu Davinescu, in his other role as an MC and RUMP party leader, opposed the BHAID bill and declared in the Ziu that he expected it to be “an embarrassing failure.”
The Minister also stated to ETT that “BHAID is governed by the Administrator and his/her Board of Directors. The Board decides organizations to fund, then funding decisions are submitted to the Ziu for approval. Also, the Administrator is required to make information concerning funding, monies available and internal processes accessible to the public via the BHAID website”.
A review of the Wittenberg record appears to bear out the Minister’s description of his connection with Talossa AID. S:reu Itravilatx was reported as being re-appointed to the board of TalossaAID on 17th January 2011, under his then name, Breneir Tzaracomprada. He was joined on the board at this time by a certain Istefan Lorentzescu and by Flip Molinar, listed as Convenor and Financial Trustee respectively. These three individuals were founder members of Talossa AID and were associated with the original Progressive Party and its successor organisations.
S:reu Lorentzescu later resigned his official posts in the Kingdom, including his role in Talossa AID, as a prelude to an eventual and it seems broadly lamented renunciation in March 2012. In his public announcement, he declared that he left “Flip Molinar as the only remaining board member [of Talossa AID] fully in charge of its considerable charitable funds.” (ETT’s emphasis) It is not clear at the time of writing whether S:reu Lorentzescu is the Istefan Perthonest S:reu Itralivatx refers to above, or a different individual, and ETT’s attempts to contact S:reu Molinar were unfortunately not successful.
What does seem apparent is that by March 2012 the Convenor of the board of Talossa AID did not consider S:reu Itravilatx a fellow board member, though whether this involved a resignation or simply an abandonment of the position through inactivity remains to be clarified. This would however suggest that any fiduciary responsibility S:reu Iravilatx might have had for Talossa AID’s funds had been extinguished at this point.
In 2013 S:reu Eðo Grischun, who had been strongly supportive of the establishment of Talossa AID, provided his perspective on the fate of Talossa AID. Discussing the programme of the CSPP, of which he was leader at the time, he explained his party’s support for a state-sponsored charitable organisation as being informed by the “failed” TalossaAID experiment.
S:reu Grischun, now Senator for Vuode and associated with the RUMP, explained that “Brenier became busy outside of the nation. Flip, too, grew more and more inactive with College studies taking his time away from Talossa. Istefan, unfortunately, left the nation altogether.” He stated that as result of what he claims was the collapse of the Talossa AID private initiative, he and his CSPP colleagues had become convinced that “with governmental oversight the problems of inactive membership would be limited. We also feel a governmental fund would appear more appealing and trustworthy vs a private fund”.