The story in short: The tourism industry in Tyrol earns hundreds of millions in one winter season. In Ischgl that is more than a million Euro per day. That is why in February / March 2020 the protection of guests in Paznauntal and St. Anton from Covid-19 was delayed until it was too late.
The result: Thousands of tourists have been infected with the Corona Virus. But what is more, due to a panic triggered by the Austrian authorities, the virus was distributed to at least 45 different countries. To this day, those responsible authorities refuse to admit any guilt and continue to say: We "did everything right".
For the victims, however, the world looks very different. They have suffered specific damages for which they are entitled to sick leave and compensation for pain and suffering. Survivors of the deceased are also entitled to compensation and funeral payments.
We, the consumer protection association (VSV) , stand behind the victims and represent their interests. Specifically, we support them in preparing and bringing in suits against the Republic of Austria and the tourism industry in Tyrol.
But many victims do not have insurance for legal expenses to cover their costs. Our association is a civil society project. We don't get any public funding and no company is behind us. We want to help and keep fighting, even if the Republic of Austria has so far denied everything that went wrong in Ischgl.
We need your support for this!
As a small independent organisation without bonds or bargains with corporations or governments, the VSV is ideally positioned to address injustice inflicted by state actors and corporations and bring them to court. Our work reaches people in over 50 countries around the world. With our strategic litigation, we do not only seek fair and equitable compensation for injured parties, but also demand sustainable and necessary changes in government policy.
So that something like Ischgl 2020 can never happen again.
We are collecting money to prepare and support sample trials for Ischgl victims against the Republic of Austria and the tourism industry in Tyrol. The more procedures that can be supported, the more likely the federal government or the state of Tyrol will agree to negotiate a settlement. Those responsible should learn to never again put profit above people's health.
Then you can help the consumer protection association (VSV) to change this. We have been researching the incidents since March 2020, preparing the facts and filing official liability suits in the name of injured people. Your donation ensures justice for the victims of Ischgl.
Your money will be used to enable us to keep fighting and endure for years in the preparation of media reports (press releases, press conferences, social media, video production) and lawsuits (victim database, surveys, document archive).
The Consumer Protection Association (VSV) is completely independent of corporations and the state, helps injured consumers (including single-person businesses and SMEs) worldwide and organizes class actions for mass damages. Dr. Peter Kolba is chairman of the VSV and has stood for independent consumer protection, integrity and justice for decades and will go on doing so, with your help!