Green parliamentary leader Anton Hofreiter has called for the resignation of Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) in the discussion about the failed car toll. Scrub back with the truth "only piecemeal," said Hofreiter the Passauer Neue Presse . And only if he could not do otherwise. Scheuer has lost hundreds of millions of euros in taxpayers' premature conclusion of the car toll contracts. "If Mr. Scheuer does not resign, I expect the Chancellor to release him."
The Ministry of Transport had granted on Tuesday evening after an ultimatum of the Greens five additional talks of the Ministry top with representatives of the toll companies CTS Eventim and Kapsch. They are said to have taken place between 3 October 2018 and 23 May 2019. Scheuer was therefore present at three meetings, and Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU) also took part in one. According to a report by the Süddeutsche Zeitung , the ministry had not yet informed the Bundestag of the meetings, despite demands from parliamentarians. Accordingly, they were not documented in the toll files.
The Department of Transportation had rejected the allegations against Scheuer on Wednesday. The meetings were not kept secret. The ministry has since published the reply to the Greens and wrote on Twitter: "#nixgeheim. As always, the BMVI (Federal Ministry of Transport) has provided transparent information to a parliamentary inquiry."
Scheuer is under pressure because he had concluded the contracts for the collection and control of the toll with the potential toll operators Kapsch and CTS Eventim 2018 before legal certainty that the toll could be safely imported into Germany. However, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared the project unlawful in mid-June. Immediately after the verdict, the federal government announced the contracts. This could now result in financial demands of the companies.