BrusselsDue to alleged omissions in the exhaust gas scandal, the EU Commission against Germany. The authorities in Brussels are accusing the Federal government of, among other things, Volkswagen is not for the Manipulation of pollutant values for diesel to have cars punished. This is announced on Thursday.
The Commission accordingly initiated proceedings for a suspected breach of European Law. Against the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Greece, Luxembourg, Spain and the UK, it raises the same reproach.
In the case of Germany and the UK sees the EU Commission is yet another violation of the law, Both countries would not have the authority to report in their national study of all known information. Brussels wants to be able to understand whether the derogations granted for the use of so-called cut-Off devices in the exhaust gas purification were necessary.
the trigger for the now industry-wide affair was the manipulation of Volkswagen. Europe’s largest car maker had to give in September 2015, to have in the USA test values for emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides from diesel cars fake.
Global investigations from authorities in the exhaust-scandal
The VW group believes that the use of its shutdown systems in Europe was legal. The use of such programs is prohibited since 2007. There are, however, exceptions – for example, when engine damage or a deterioration in the security threaten.
The scandal had led to the resignation of VW group chief Martin Winterkorn and billion-dollar provisions for litigation. VW suffered also heavy losses. As in the case of measurements of the force travel Federal office (KBA), then also the eye-catching exhaust emission values for models of other manufacturers showed, the expansion of the exhaust gas affair.
The governments concerned have two months to respond to the allegations. After that, the EU may initiate Commission the next step of the procedure, this can lead to an action before the European court of justice (ECJ).
The Green party politician and former Minister for consumer protection, Renate Künast sees in the actions of the EU against Germany is a logical consequence of the black-and-red policy. “Anyone who fails to implement an EU regulation, tidy, gets the receipt, and the infringement procedure,” said the Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on legal Affairs and consumer protection of the German press Agency on Thursday.
the losers will be The consumers, who could not defend themselves against an insufficient exhaust-gas-cleaning in their cars. The scandal was an embarrassment to the auto industry and the Federal government, said Künast in Berlin.