Who is running this?
The open letter has been initiated by Jon Worth, an alumnus of the College of Europe (2003-04), and now a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. More on the About page.
Can I sign the open letter anonymously?
Yes you can – please put “Anonymous” or equivalent as your name and surname when signing. However your email address will still be made available to the initiator of the Open Letter, Jon Worth, and he may contact you to check the validity of your signature. Your anonymity in public will however be assured.
What are you going to do with my data if I sign?
The open letter signature system is double-opt-in – your signature is only valid when you click the link in the email you will receive from the signature system. Once you do that, what you submit will appear on the Signatories page. Every person signing the letter will receive one email from the initiator of the letter, Jon Worth, at the end of the campaign effort, to inform them of what happened.
The first 58 signatories have already received this information after the Academic Council approved Mogherini’s candidature on 14 May. Subsequent signatories will receive their email in due course as this story develops.
As a means to prevent spam or falsified signatures, Jon may have to remove signatures, or check signatures. This follow up will be done by email.
Why are you against a political rector of the College of Europe?
The open letter makes it clear we have no view on that matter. The issue is whether the College of Europe is respecting its own procedures, and what those procedures are.
Why are you against the candidature of Federica Mogherini?
As the letter makes it clear, the signatories make no commendation of or rejection of any candidate for the position. The integrity of the application process is the central demand.
Nothing will change. Why should we bother with this?
This is the most common question about the open letter, especially from recent alumni of the College of Europe. If we all take that approach nothing is ever going to change. Signing this open letter takes a couple of minutes of your time – that is all you have to lose through trying. And if nothing changes and the worst comes to pass you can at least say you did your bit to raise your concerns before any news broke.
But we do not actually know what is going on. Are you not getting ahead of yourselves with this open letter?
The open letter makes some simple demands that ought to have been obvious throughout the recruitment process, but were not. We think it is better to make these demands before someone is appointed as Rector, rather than appoint someone in an opaque manner, and then critique what happened.
The Academic Council on 14 May agreed the appointment of Federica Mogherini, pending the agreement of the Administrative Council. The demands made in this open letter that was released first on 7 May still, even now, remain valid – and indeed the decision to release this letter when we did looks to have been a good one.