Earlier on Wednesday, Volkswagen’s chief executive Martin Wintercorn announced his resignation. His decision was made the day after the company announced that it would set aside several billion euro for public relations to offset projected damage to its reputation.
“However the problem is very significant, we should monitor the situation to prevent it from developing into debates over the German economy and car manufacturing. This is a specific case related to specified engine software that has been on the European market for a long time,” Gabriel said, as quoted by the German news TV channel n-tv.
He added that the European Union was developing new standards for testing cars that would prevent situations similar to the Volkswagen case.