Manfred Weber (CSU) has criticized the car manufacturer VW, according to a report for the possible construction of a new plant in Turkey. "VW also has a social responsibility, and especially in view of the restrictions on press freedom, one must ask whether an investment in Turkey is now right," said the leader of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament to the mirror .

According to the report, Weber has asked EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to consider whether Turkey is in breach of European law with its aid for the proposed VW plant. It can not be "that our Member States are bound by strict competition and state aid rules, while Turkey grants subsidies for production that is exported to the European market," Spiegel quoted from a letter from the CSU politician.

VW had recently founded a subsidiary in the western Turkish province of Manisa. With a view to a possible factory near Izmir it says at VW for weeks that one is in "final" talks on the final details of the contract, as the German Press Agency last reported. According to Spiegel, VW has now announced that Turkey has prevailed in comparison with other applicants.

Bulgaria, too, apparently was in conversation as a location

According to the report, Bulgaria was also an option as a location. However, the neighboring EU country was limited in its commitment of funds by European regulations. For Turkey, however, EU competition rules also apply, as the country is in a customs union with the EU.

Among other things, the work is necessary, because VW has decided to switch to e-mobility at German sites. Zwickau is already being rebuilt, the plants in Emden and Hanover are to follow. Therefore, the group needs new capacity for the Passat and the Superb of the sister brand Skoda.