Has Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer been able to influence parliament in the affair about the failed car toll lied to? After statements by the most important witnesses in the Bundestag's toll investigation committee, the prere on the controversial CSU politician is growing enormously. The operating companies had offered the minister in November 2018 to wait with the signing of the billion-dollar contract until a ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) – but Scheuer had refused.
That's what Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, CEO of the am Toll consortium and the ticket marketing company CTS Eventim, and thus heavily incriminated the minister. For Scheuer had stressed a year ago at a question time in the Bundestag, such an offer had not existed. One big problem: there are no official minutes of this meeting.
Scheuer had signed the toll contracts at the end of 2018, although there was no legal certainty. The ECJ overturned the toll plans in June 2019, and Scheuer may have rushed to cancel the contracts. The consortium of operators is now demanding 560 million euros in damages by the federal government.