Albert Dess

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Albert Dess
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
20 July 2004
Constituency Germany
Personal details
Born (1947-04-17) 17 April 1947 (age 70)
Berngau, Germany
Political party  German
Christian Social Union in Bavaria
European People's Party

Albert Dess (born 17 April 1947) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany. He is a member of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, part of the European People's Party.

He is a member of 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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