Albert Dess

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Albert Dess
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004 – 2019
Personal details
Born (1947-04-17) 17 April 1947 (age 75)
Berngau, Germany
Political party German
Christian Social Union in Bavaria
European People's Party

Albert Dess (German: Deß [dɛs]; born 17 April 1947) is a German politician who served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2004 until 2019. He is a member of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, part of the European People's Party.

Education and early career[edit]

  • 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

Political career[edit]

Career in local politics[edit]

  • 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

Member of the German Parliament, 1990–2004[edit]

  • 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

Member of the European Parliament, 2004–2019[edit]

Dess was a member of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI). He was a substitute for the Committee on International Trade (INTRA), a member of the delegation for relations with Mercosur and a substitute for the delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

In May 2018, Dess announced that he would not stand in the 2019 European elections but instead resign from active politics by the end of the parliamentary term.[1]


Outside Germany, Dess 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.[2] The proposal was dropped after the Volkswagen emissions violation scandal erupted and Dress has thus far refused requests to comment on his actions.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Helmut Sturm (May 27, 2018), Europa: Albert Deß tritt nicht mehr an Mittelbayerische Zeitung.
  2. ^ Higgins, Andrew (28 September 2015). "Volkswagen Scandal Highlights European Stalling on New Emissions Tests". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 September 2015.

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