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Kafka still alive?

Thursday 25 June 2009

Out to buy a black pen… Guess why? I already signed twice a statement of availability and exclusivity to take part in an EU-funded tender for a consultancy contract. Now I have to sign a third one. If not (within 24 hours), the whole consortium will be disqualified.

The first version (three months ago) was rejected because the template sent by the EU was outdated. The second one (one month ago) was rejected because my signature was drafted with a blue pen, and also because I filled the (required) field entitled “DATE”.

Of course, electronically signed documents are not accepted. A physical paper with handwritten name and signature (black ink only) is required, with the (originally required) date field left blank, sent by post (preferably by express parcel service, because of very short notice after months waiting).

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  • Kafka still alive?

    4 July 2009 09:25, by Claude-Eric Desguin

    Today July 3rd 2009, I am asked to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion for an EU one-mon­th pro­ject, ur­gent­ly (be­fore mid July). This pro­ject seems to be pre­pared very metic­u­lous­ly: the dates are from July 7th un­til August 9th… 2011.

    I as­sume this long pe­ri­od of no­tice can be ex­plained by new ad­min­is­tra­tive re­quire­ments to come, prob­a­bly even more com­pli­cat­ed than be­fore, in order to al­low ten­der­ers to pre­pare bulkier files than the cur­rent ones.

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  • Quote from Euractiv

    4 July 2009 10:03, by Claude-Eric Desguin
    “It is be­com­ing al­most im­pos­si­ble to nav­i­gate the com­plex labyrinth of the Commission bu­reau­cra­cy and its for­eign aid ap­pa­ra­tus whose Kafkaesque struc­tures and pro­ce­dures are be­yond com­pre­hen­sion, in par­tic­u­lar by those de­vel­op­ing coun­tries the EC seeks to as­sist.” (here)

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