EU Commission Sues Against VW Law
EU Commission Sues Against VW Law

Video: EU Commission Sues Against VW Law

Video: EU Commission Sues Against VW Law
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The EU Commission is trying again to overturn the VW law. The state of Lower Saxony's right to veto is to be eliminated.

As announced, the EU Commission has filed a lawsuit against Germany in the dispute over the VW law. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) announced on Tuesday in Luxembourg. According to the court, the case was already received in February and has the number C-95/12. In the dispute that has been simmering for ten years, the EU authority has now taken the European Court of Justice for the second time. She announced the move in November 2011.

EU Commission: VW law discourages investors

A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Justice only confirmed in Berlin that the complaint had been received. A statement is now being drawn up within the federal government.

The EU Commission wants to overturn the state of Lower Saxony's right of veto in important decisions, which is enshrined in the VW law. In the opinion of the Brussels competition watchdog, the regulation discourages potential investors, hinders innovation and can lead to rising prices. Therefore, the blocking minority for the state of Lower Saxony violates EU law.

Protection from enemy investors at risk

Politicians and trade unions, on the other hand, fear protection for the car manufacturer from hostile investors and participation. The chairman of the VW works council, Bernd Osterloh, accused the Commission of Riding Principles, which was objectively unfounded. The European Group Works Council of Volkswagen will make it clear that the employee representatives from many European countries do not understand the new approach. "In Europe we need more regulations like the VW Act (…), not less," stressed Osterloh.

Federal government threatens million fine

The lawsuit is directed against the Federal Republic. This also involves a fine worth millions. If the federal government does not change the law, the commission demands a fine of at least 46.5 million euros in court. The Federal Republic - and not VW - would have to pay this amount. The judges could dismiss the lawsuit, but they could also demand further changes or impose a fine, which can be even higher.

As early as 2007, the EU Commission forced changes to the VW Act through legal channels. The 20 percent blocking minority of the state of Lower Saxony was retained. Politicians and trade unions fear for the protective wall for the car manufacturer and for codetermination.

Gabriel speaks of remaining “market fundamentalists” in Brussels

SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel said that the remaining “market fundamentalists” in Brussels obviously wanted to fight the ideological battles of the past again. The Commission only seems to have an eye on the markets, not the people.

For the SPD it is clear: "We stand by the employees at VW and the tried and tested VW law." The SPD state chief in Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil, criticized that the EU Commission was making enormous efforts to damage a successful model. (dpa)