the office of the platform for Migration and development is located directly opposite the Bern train station. In three Visits to this newspaper on different days of the week and times of Day someone was in the small room on the first floor never to be found. Around the clock is not working.
the views of the letter-box at the bottom of the entrance irritated, because after all, it is the migration platform is a project with a total budget of approximately 2.5 million Swiss francs. Hand-written is, at the mailbox next to the English abbreviation "mdplatform" "THAC GmbH – Trauma Healing" is noted. What is a million project of the Directorate for development and cooperation (SDC), a private company jointly, which deals with healing Trauma?
tax exemption and consultants ' fees
The answer is Peter Urs Aeberhard. The 55-Year-old is not only head of the "mdplatform", but rather quasi in personal Union also the sole owner of the THAC GmbH. The Bernese is a sympathetic appearance, tall, strong handshake. With a winning Smile, he offers You and then ask you in his office.
Multiple roles: Peter Urs Aeberhard. Photo: Axel Voss
On the question, what have I to do his private GmbH because of the taxpayer-financed migration platform, says Aeberhard first of all that there is about goal setting and orientation, no connection. Here is a look at the Facebook already makes one-side of the "Trauma Healing and Creative Arts Coalition" (THAC), a connection is suspect. In addition, the THAC GmbH discloses in its annual financial statements in 2016, the gross wage, including travel expenses of more than 111'000 CHF fürAeberhards 45-percent workload migration platform. In order to face, back to cancer, the owner of the GmbH. Now Aeberhard explains that the Caritas had paid as the lead organization of the migration platform for him in the initial phase of the project, a consultant's fee through his company.
Because there would be nothing Objectionable, would not have been freed, the THAC GmbH as of this date, the Canton of Bern tax. The Bernese tax law stipulates that companies must only pay no taxes, if they pursue public or charitable goals. Business purposes are not, in principle, a non-profit, the law. From the annual yield of the company in the amount of 150'000 Swiss francs, the lion's share of consultant's fee was paid directly to Aeberhard.
office is for private company use
The SDC operates, the migration platform in a consortium, in addition to the Caritas, the Helvetas is a member of. Of the 2.5 million Swiss francs, the two charities for their work have until the end of 2018, more than 0.7 million Swiss francs. Between 2015 and 2018, the consultants were charged fees of approximately 611 000 Swiss francs for a total of four people. Since 2017, the payments to Aeberhard not run on the THAC GmbH. The project Manager used the office of the migration platform for its private Trauma company. For Caritas, this is not a Problem, as she writes on request. The THAC are free to have a sublease, and the purpose of this private use of standing Aeberhard.
but What the project Manager actually makes his company? He offers about Trauma treatments. In at least one case, Aeberhard has treated in the office of the migration platform of a traumatized migrants by means of hypnosis, against payment,"". He has a hypnosis training and has participated in the Harvard University – part online – a four-month course on psychological problems and traumas of refugees occupied. A degree in psychology or medicine has Aeberhard. Hypnosis in Trauma treatment, but according to the Federation of Swiss psychologists (FSP) is mandatory due to therapy-trained psychologists or Doctors. According to the health act in need of a psychotherapist in the Canton of Bern a licence to practise. The question of whether he has such permission, it was Aeberhard unanswered.
state propaganda financed?
What is the purpose of the migration platform? According to its Charter is to represent organizations from different fields interested in the positive contribution of Migration and development and be committed to it. Caritas fights back against the accusation of Propaganda. On request, she writes, it would also address the negative aspects of the area. Negative, such as "Brain Drain" – emigration of Know-how from the countries of origin, the Thousands of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean sea, or the rise of the right-wing populists in the target countries as a result of the refugee wave of 2015 on the Website of the platform, but to no avail.
There is almost only the Positive is emphasized to the Migration. Internal documents of the platform show that the bias is intentional. There it is, for example, that facts and good examples should be used to illustrate the benefits of Migration for development and to propose Alternatives to a restrictive immigration policy. Organizations of Swiss civil society should influence the perception of the Parliament and the Public. This is pretty much exactly what the dictionary defines "Propaganda". The SDC has in the meantime initiated investigations due to various allegations and is considering a Suspension of the project.
Created: 14.03.2019, 06:12 PM