European Parliament to investigate VW emissions scandal

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The European Parliament plans to take a deeper look into Volkswagen’s diesel scandal by setting up a committee to conduct further investigation on the matter.

Members of the European Parliament have finally decided to thoroughly check Volkswagen’s cheating scheme. Thus, the leaders of the various political groups at EU level decided this week to establish a committee to handle the inquiry. The process could last up to one year and will investigate alleged infringement of European Union law and alleged “mal-administration” in the application of the law, according to the proposal approved by the group leaders. The newly formed committee will involve some 45 members of the European Parliament.

“For me, the diesel issue mainly has two dimensions. Firstly, it’s about private companies organizing the largest industrial fraud ever,” Claude Turmes, Green Member of the European Parliament, said. “And secondly, it’s about public authorities in member states and on the EU level not intervening despite having relevant information.”

EU regulations on the car industry have been under scrutiny since Volkswagen admitted in September it had rigged US tests for nitrogen oxide emissions in diesel vehicles and that up to 11 million vehicles worldwide, around 8.5 million of them in Europe, were fitted with software capable of cheating tests.