FECRIS - are the good times on their way to an end?

Some of the immediate and easily noticeable consequences of the cut of governmental funds for FECRIS businesses – as their principals were moaning about (see: “Governmental funding to FECRIS member organizations lessening, anti-cult extremists complain”) – seem to be the decrease in the opulence of their meetings, which now seem to be pretty different from the earlier times.

Here is a photo of the most recent known meeting of FECRIS, a rendezvous of “the full workgroup”, as clearly introduced by the poster Luigi Corvaglia (FECRIS representative from Italy):

FECRIS Paris meeting Didier Pachoud post 2018Oct22    FECRIS Paris meeting 2018 Oct 21

This meeting seems to have been held at the Cercle Suédois or Swedish Club (https://cercle-suedois.com/) in 242 Rue De Rivoli, Paris (France), on Monday October 22nd, 2018.

The photo shows 12 people – with an empty chair in the moment of the photo, so they were possibly 13 of them in total, including: Didier Pachoud who posted the photo (first from the left in the left row), André Frédéric Bis (third in the left row), Luigi Corvaglia (from Italy, CeSAP chairman, fourth in the left row), Jean Pierre Jougla (UNADFI vice-president, fifth in the left row), Branka Dujmić-Delcourt (first in the right row), Alexander Dvorkin (FECRIS vice-president, second in the right row), Danièle Muller-Tulli (FECRIS vice-president, third in the right row) and Annie Guibert (from CCMM, fourth in the right row).

No audience, no public parties, no governmental representatives or authoritative scholar, no social partners or advocates.

Only limited to this short glance on FECRIS activities, the good times seem to be so far, when they used to organize much more expensive conventions in other European capital cities as their prestigious locations with renowned spokespersons.

Are such austerity and discretion just a consequence of the information spreading around, about the outcomes of FECRIS operation, or hate campaigns against religious minorities in countries where FECRIS was at work, such as Russia or China? Lessened financing could be inferred to be due to this, too, in addition to the poor or no evidence of effectiveness of FECRIS’s programs.

Are these all signals that FECRIS is weakened and on its way to decline?

A decline that seems to have started a while ago, if one considers that in France and elsewhere (such as in Italy) organizations associated to FECRIS are either apparently inactive, or were shut down for good. Examples of this are some ADFI groups as well as two Italian groups that saw their ultimate closure in recent times.

Will anybody regret them?

Or it will just be the regret of someone for their old times gravy train?