Albert Dess

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Albert Dess

Albert Dess (born 17 April 1947 in Röckersbühl) is a German politician and member of the European Parliament for Bavaria with the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, part of the European People's Party and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

He is a substitute for the Committee on International Trade, a member of the delegation for relations with Mercosur and a substitute for the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Volkswagen-written Legislation[edit]

Outside Germany, he is best known for trying to introduce in the European Parliament a Volkswagen-written piece of legislation that would have exempted a whole class of vehicle from pollution controls.[1] The proposal was dropped after the Volkswagen emissions violation scandal erupted and Dress has thus far refused requests to comment on his actions.


  • 1966: Agricultural college (graduated
  • 1979: Master's in agriculture
  • Secondary occupation as farmer
  • Worked in commerce and industry
  • Managing director of a farming cooperative
  • 1977: Full-time farmer/training establishment
  • 1974: District Chairman of the Junge Union
  • 1981: Member of the CSU district executive
  • 1984: Municipal Chairman of the CSU
  • District Chairman (1987), Regional Vice-Chairman (1989–1995) and Regional Chairman (1995) of the CSU Agricultural Association
  • 1989: Member of the CSU district executive
  • 1997: Member of the CSU Regional Executive Committee


  • 1972-1996: Municipal Councillor, Berngau
  • 1978: District Councillor, Neumarkt/Oberpfalz
  • 1984-1996: Vice-Chairman of Neumarkt/Oberpfalz district council
  • 1984-1996: Mayor of Berngau
  • 1990-2004: Member of the Bundestag
  • 1992-2004: Farm policy spokesman for the CSU Regional Group in the Bundestag
  • 1997-2004: Member of the CDU/CSU Group Executive Committee
  • 2000-2004: Chairman of the CSU Regional Group working party for Agriculture, Consumer Protection, Environment, Transport, Building and Energy


See also: European Parliament election, 2004 (Germany)


  1. ^ Higgins, Andrew (28 September 2015). "Volkswagen Scandal Highlights European Stalling on New Emissions Tests". New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 

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