“Dieselgate could have been avoided if member states and the Commission had followed European law. That is quite something,” rapporteur said.
The US is scrutinising a Jeep diesel model manufactured by Fiat Chrysler over claims it violates emissions rules. The Italians say the same model in Europe is fine.
One year ago, EU members agreed to an on-road test for car emissions, but with options to carmakers to exceed the limits. How did it all happen?
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The scandal over emissions cheating is unlikely to end any time soon, the MEP who wrote a highly critical report for the parliament's inquiry committee tells this website.
The European Investment Bank found no indication that loans to Volkswagen were used to develop diesel cars with cheating software installed.
European Commission says member states have not done enough to deter or punish carmakers for cheating on emissions tests.
"Dieselgate" is just one case study of how "better regulation" can give industry lobbyists the upper hand.
VW has refused even a "gentleman's gesture" of non-financial compensation to its Dieselgate-hit customers, the EU's consumer affairs commissioner tells this website.
'There is no time to lose,' Elzbieta Bienkowska told member states. 'There is systematic failure in the type approval system in Europe.'
Member states disagree over whether to allow more oversight at EU level into how cars are being approved.
Western European consumers have moved slightly away from buying diesel cars in 2016, but the Brussels-based car industry association does not think it is due to Dieselgate.
German car maker continues to refuse compensation for EU customers, but moves afoot to tighten EU car certification system in future.
Three months before the VW scandal broke, a senior EU civil servant said emissions policy was a "failure", but urged commission to put car lobby's interest first.
The outrage at Volkswagen's industrial-scale emissions cheating has not subsided, but the EU and Germany have done little to punish the automaker or provide compensation to its customers.
German carmaker had promised the EU that all its citizens who own a diesel car with cheating software would be informed by the end of the year, but now it says it needs more time.
Industry commissioner Bienkowska promised to help member states interpret the EU law on cheating software by the end of this year.
EU parliament's inquiry committee publishes draft report, which says member states have broken EU law by failing to check for emissions cheating.
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The EU's Joint Research Centre's results are dated 10 August, but have not yet been shared with the national authorities, who have the power to act.
Missing e-mails, disputed minutes, and heated accusations as the EU parliament's Dieselgate inquiry prepares to wrap up its work.
An inquiry meeting focused on the role of parliament itself in the emissions cheating scandal was suspended after fewer than 10 MEPs turned up.
French minister of environment said on Thursday her staff went against her wishes when supporting a proposal that allowed cars to exceed emission limits.
There are EU agencies covering maritime transport, aviation, and railways, but road transport never got its own. Some MEPs are now advocating one, to the chagrin of many member states.
Environment minister told MEPs that French civil servants voted in Brussels in favour of leniency towards car industry against her will.
Transport minister Arpad Ersek is the only invited minister who has refused to testify before MEPs on Dieselgate, which is awkward as the Slovaks currently hold the six-month presidency of the Council.
Many European cities use low emission zones, and some are considering to ban dirty cars. But there are limits to how well the EU standards can be used to determine which cars are clean.
Christofer Fjellner, one of the involved MEPs, said the original timing was "pretty tight" and defended the delay.
Member states are ignoring requests from the EU to explain how they punish manufacturers for installing cheating software into tractors.
MEP Dance says new data by EUobserver showed car manufacturers are “shopping around” when acquiring the required certification.
Former director-general and director at EU commission tell MEPs alarming emails from civil servants did not reach them.
Few national governments attend a working group empowered by the commission to develop emissions tests for road vehicles.
EU commissioner for the digital economy and society, Guenther Oettinger, met with German carmakers in January to discuss "diesel emissions", even though the topic is not in his portfolio.
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