The state of Lower Saxony owns twenty percent of Volkswagen. And thus voting rights in the Group. That is why the government sends two representatives to the 20-member supervisory board. Until now, they have been Minister President Stephan Weil (SPD) and Economy Minister Bernd Althusman (CDU). But in the recent Lower Saxony elections, voters elected a red-green government to office, which is why Julia Willie Hamburg (Green Party), the state’s Minister of Education and Vice President, now joins the VW Supervisory Board.
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