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Car toll: Opposition accuses Andreas Scheuer of lying

2019-09-27T10:55:11.253Z

The CSU Transport Minister is said to have concealed the Parliament two meetings with the operators of the failed car toll. The talks were apparently never documented.



Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) is said to have concealed the Bundestag two confidential meetings with managers of the operating consortium for the failed car toll. This is reported by the mirror. According to the Ministry, the meetings in November 2018 and June 2019 has not been documented. Also files or records are not available. On request, a spokesman for the ministry said that "neither preparatory nor follow-up notes" had been prepared for the talks.

After the ECJ's negative ruling on the car toll, Scheuer had provided the Transport Committee with more than 50 files on the project, under pressure from the opposition. However, there are no indications of the meetings Spiegel had uncovered last week, in which he attempted to hand over part of his responsibility for early management contracts to the consortium managers to the detriment of the taxpayer. Scheuer is accused of having wanted to enforce the car toll for campaigning reasons, and thereby deliberately hid the risk that the ECJ would prohibit the toll as unlawful.

The Green MEP Sven-Christian Kindler considers the lack of documentation for a breach of the law. "For me, that just lets me conclude that the minister wanted to cover up something." Once again, Andreas Scheuer deliberately lied to the Bundestag, "he told Der Spiegel . In a question time in the Bundestag last Wednesday, the minister called the meetings "not secret" and "completely normal".

Contradictions also arose as to how the ministry had assessed the risk of a negative ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Scheuer told parliamentarians that there had been "hundreds of workshops" on this scenario. According to Spiegel, however, there are only references to six so-called "risk workshops" in the files. A ministry spokesman told the newspaper, Scheuer would have "pictorially-colloquially spoken."

Source: zeit

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