Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer wants to continue his office in a new government despite widespread criticism over the failed toll. “I will fight hard”.
Berlin (dpa) – Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer wants to continue his office in a new government despite widespread criticism over the toll failure. The CSU politician told the German news agency: “I really enjoy it. I will fight hard.”
“In my constituency and then in the coalition negotiations, that this Ministry of Investment and Innovation is looking closely to the future. I still have much to do,” said Scheuer.
Scheuer has been head of department since March 2018. Car toll outages declined during his tenure. “It’s 88 to 1,” he said, looking at it. “As the Ministry of Transport, we have passed 88 ordinances and laws by the Bundestag and the Bundesrat during this term of office. We have surpassed the coalition agreement. The legislature was quite fresh, but also quite results-oriented.” With regard to the railway, he emphasizes: “In this legislature we have given so much priority and put money into the railway system than ever before.”
The toll for cars – a prestige project of the CSU – was stopped as illegal by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in June 2019. The planned operators are seeking damages of 560 million euros after the federal government canceled the contracts following the ruling. The arbitration proceedings are underway. The opposition accuses Scheuer of serious violations of budget and procurement law. It is also the intention that the federal government will conclude the operator contracts by the end of 2018, before there is final legal certainty with the ECJ. Scheuer has strictly denied allegations and the operator’s demands. There was also a parliamentary inquiry into the car toll.
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