Wissmann, Matthias - from Germany
Country of meeting: San Franciso, CA in the year 1982
Lobbyist, politician. 2016 for two years President of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA) and former CDU politician. As such, he was Federal Minister of Research and Technology in 1993 and Federal Minister of Transport from 1993 to 1998. He is a member of the European Group of the Trilateral Commission. Since October 2018 he has been senior advisor to the Franco-German private bank Oddo BHF.
In March 1989, a court ordered Wissmann to pay DM 10,800 for financing an election campaign in violation of tax law. He was thus previously convicted.
Wissmann is listed as one of 33 persons in the Schwarzbuch Autolobby, a black book published by Greenpeace in April 2016 on the links between politics and the car industry at the German and European level. It criticises his move in 2007 from former transport minister to head lobbyist of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). Wissmann had played a major role in giving vehicle manufacturers considerably more time to produce low-emission cars. In 2013, a request letter to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, in which he successfully campaigned for less strict rules on CO2 emissions from cars, attracted attention.
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