UANI Calls on Austria’s AVL to Clarify Iran Business

Firm Told UANI It was Out of Iran, But Report Indicates New Business

NEW YORK--()--On Thursday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on Austrian automotive firm AVL List GmbH (AVL) to clarify whether it has entered into a deal with Iran’s oil ministry despite assuring UANI it had ended its Iran business.

Last month, UANI publicly called on AVL to forgo business in Iran following reports that AVL was part of an Austrian trade delegation that went to Tehran in December.

Soon after, AVL contacted UANI, and stated that it had “stopped all business activities within the Iranian automotive industry.” AVL also said it has “implemented a strict compliance policy for all employees” regarding Iran business.

Yet a recent report said that “the research department of Iran's Oil Ministry has signed a deal with Austrian AVL to develop energy saving projects in the Iranian oil industry.”

UANI contacted AVL on March 6 regarding this matter, asking that AVL confirm whether it is or is not out of Iran. AVL has yet to respond.

UANI is therefore calling on AVL to fully clarify the nature of its business in Iran, and either refute the report in question, or confirm it.

In the March 6 letter to AVL Chairman and CEO Helmut O. List, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace wrote:

… United Against Nuclear Iran (“UANI”) applauds AVL for its decision to “[stop] all business activities within the Iranian automotive industry” as of July 1, 2013 and “proactively [implement] a strict compliance policy for all employees.”

In light of your articulation of AVL’s responsible action regarding its Iran business, UANI was troubled by a recent report in the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) which states that “the research department of Iran's Oil Ministry has signed a deal with Austrian AVL to develop energy saving projects in the Iranian oil industry.” The foregoing report appears to contradict AVL’s statements that “AVL does no business in Iran now and has no intention of doing so again…”

UANI would therefore appreciate AVL’s immediate clarification and comment on the veracity of this report. Specifically, please immediately clarify whether AVL has entered into or is considering any agreement with the Iranian Oil Ministry or any other Iranian entity to renew business now or at any time in the future. …

AVL maintains a significant U.S. presence, including two facilities in Plymouth, Michigan.

UANI’s Trade Delegation Campaign tracks Austrian and French companies that are exploring the Iranian market following the implementation of the Geneva interim agreement.

Click here to read UANI’s full March 6 letter to AVL.
Click here to read UANI’s February 25 letter to AVL.
Click here to send a message to AVL.
Click here to learn more about UANI’s Austria Trade Delegation Campaign.

Contacts

United Against Nuclear Iran
Nathan Carleton, 212-554-3296
press@uani.com

Release Summary

On Thursday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on Austrian automotive firm AVL List GmbH (AVL) to clarify whether it has entered into a deal with Iran’s oil ministry.

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United Against Nuclear Iran
Nathan Carleton, 212-554-3296
press@uani.com