Europa Media Trainings

The power of information

 I woke up before 5am today with a slightly paranoid idea in my head. It is still there, so I am wondering if anyone has a hypothetical solution.

What if the coordinator withholds information from the partners that they should know? It is not an existing case, but because of a friendly discussion I had a few days ago the idea does not want to go away.

Let's say that you will have a reporting deadline coming up and you have this feeling in your gut that should know about a problem the EC has with the project. I was thinking of a few reasons why the coordinator would not share.

Well, the first is the worst, which is that they are incompetent and let's say they choose rather not to deal with the problem then getting embarrassed. Then there is the option that they do not want to bother the partners with problems, they will solve it because this is what coordinators do.

Or, they want to wait till they figure out the solution and then present the problem and the solution together to the partners. I am sure I could come up with something more creative, but it is too early for that.

So besides the fact that the coordinator has the contractual obligation to share the information with the partners what else I can come up with? Because of a gut feeling I do not go around and contact the officer, I might cause more troubles.

The psychological phases the partners are going through in such a case could be an interesting topic for analysis. Joking? Yes, but why not? Comments are welcome.

Gabriella


The 2021 EU Annual Budget Explained
The 2021 EU Annual Budget Explained
Habemus draft annual budget for 2021 proposed by President von der Leyen’s Commission, and a statement of estimates.
What makes a project memorable for you?
What makes a project memorable for you?
With over 300 proposals and winning projects, let’s see which ones our senior project managers and expert trainers still remember dearly.
Top 5 tips to succeed as a junior EU project manager
Top 5 tips to succeed as a junior EU project manager
The examples and practices around you are gold.