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On June 27 2018, dr. Marten Oosting, Chair of the Supervisory Board of Stichting Volkswagen Car Claim gave a speech at the Dieselgate Conference in Brussels.
The full speech can be dowloaded in pdf through this link.
During the multi-stakeholder high level conference “Dieselgate, What Next” that was held on
27 June 2018 in the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission, of
various stakeholders and of the automobile sector talked about a pan-European solution for the
still looming diesel scandal. Marten Oosting (former National Ombudsman) was one of the
speakers at the conference on behalf of the Dutch non-profit organization “Stichting
Volkswagen Car Claim”.
The participation of Stichting Volkswagen Car Claim at the well-attended Dieselgate
conference is an important step in its aim for a total solution for all drivers of affected diesel
cars in Europe. Such a solution must address the problems faced by millions of European car
owners as a result of the use of illegal software. The Foundation is cooperating with various
consumer organizations in Europe in this respect.
During the conference Oosting pointed at the responsibility of the European institutions to
ensure that a true and effective dialogue on a solution will be opened between representatives
of the automotive industry on the one hand and a collective platform of all relevant
stakeholders on the other hand. This approach should ensure that Dieselgate-like breaches of
environmental and other regulations cannot take place again. At the same time, the interests of
consumers as well as those of the environment and public health must be protected. In this way
public trust in sustainable car production in Europe could be restored.
Oosting: “We are convinced that all parties in the process have a joint responsibility to make
that happen. Ethics, concerns about the environment and public health are by themselves
already sufficient reasons to act. Moreover this conference clearly demonstrates that also
economic challenges that are around the corner offer convincing motivation for all relevant
stakeholders to rapidly solve the problems caused by Dieselgate. If we do not want to waste
time, continue to destroy public trust, to further deteriorate the relations between car
producers and their customers and if we want to prevent another Dieselgate from happening
again, it is time to act now. I sincerely hope that a year from now we can look back on the
scandal and conclude that the solution thereof started today with this conference.”
As long as a pan-European solution is not yet available, Volkswagen will remain exposed to a
growing number of legal proceedings in Europe. Stichting Volkswagen Car Claim started
large-scale legal proceedings in May 2018 on behalf of 180,000 owners of affected diesel cars
in the Netherlands against Volkswagen, its (former) CEO’s, SEAT, Audi, Skoda, importer
PON, software supplier Bosch and the Dutch car dealers. The Foundation inter alia claims that
the Dutch court declares that diesel drivers are allowed to return their affected vehicles to the
Dutch dealers against full repayment of the purchase price. For consumers and commercial car
owners who have bought second-hand cars, the Foundation requests the court to confirm that
Volkswagen is liable for all the damage suffered and to be suffered from Dieselgate.
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About Stichting Volkswagen Car Claim
Stichting Volkswagen Car Claim is a non-profit organization. The Foundation was
incorporated on 2 October 2015, with the aim to ascertain the (financial) consequences for all
car owners who have purchased a vehicle from one of the brands within the Volkswagen AG
group (Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and Seat) and who have suffered damage as a result of the
misconduct of Volkswagen et al.
The Foundation is committed to reach a solution where affected car owners are reasonably
compensated for any and all negative effects resulting from ‘Dieselgate’. The Foundation also
wants Volkswagen to guarantee that all affected car owners can continue to drive their car in
the future without any possible negative consequences. More information about the Foundation
can be obtained via the website www.stichtingvolkswagencarclaim.nl.
The Foundation is governed by an independent management board and supervisory board and
advised by an advisory board. The management board consists of Mr. Fausto Pocar (former
president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)), Mr. Guido
van Woerkom (former president of the Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB)) and Mr. Arie van
der Steen (accountant and former CFO of a number of private companies). The supervisory
board consists of Mr. Marten Oosting (former National Ombudsman and former member of the
Council of State) and Mr. Hans de Savornin Lohman (deputy justice at The Hague court of
appeal). The Foundation’s advisory board is presided by Mr. Gerhart Baum, former German
Minister of Interior.