Missing e-mails, disputed minutes, and heated accusations as the EU parliament's Dieselgate inquiry prepares to wrap up its work.
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.
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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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.
EU industry commissioner Bienkowska had promised there would "definitely" be infringement procedures against countries that failed to make car manufacturers follow EU rules.
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.
Unlike most EU member states, the Swedish Transport Agency took cars on the road for emissions testing. The difference? Swedish car buyers pay a €5 tax.
[Updated] Centre-left chairwoman of European Parliament's committee investigating the emissions scandal denied the claim, saying there was a misunderstanding.
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Emissions experts in Berlin said they agreed with an EU commission proposal to allow 1.5 times exceedance of the limit for dangerous particle numbers.
Chairwoman of the inquiry committee, Kathleen Van Brempt, says that the car approval system needs to be reformed.
Witnesses in German parliamentary hearing say they lacked the evidence to prove emissions cheating, and that other ministries were susceptible to car industry lobbying.
Alexander Dobrindt tells MEPs he is not responsible for Volkswagen's emissions cheating, blaming the carmaker and EU legislation for leaving too much room for interpretation.
The Joint Research Centre said in 2012 that a diesel vehicle was emitting much more nitrogen oxide (NOx) when the outside temperature was different from the laboratory parameters.
The European Parliament's Dieselgate inquiry committee will not pursue Erkki Liikanen and Margot Wallstrom to testify, accepting that their mandates were too long ago.
Italian-American car maker Fiat had "no explanations" for tests showing its cars polluted above EU limits when questioned by MEPs, described some tests as “fantastical”.
An EUobserver investigation and EU parliament testimony paint a gloomy picture of how EU national authorities neglected to implement clean air car laws.
Giovanni De Santi, who was the director responsible for a new on-road test method, was moved to a different position in the EU's science body during the height of the Dieselgate crisis.
A reshuffle of an emissions expert and a last-minute cancellation of an interview had no ulterior motives, says head of the Joint Research Centre.
MEPs of all flags rounded on British Tory, Daniel Dalton, after he said member states should retain control of a broken car certification regime.
The EU and US have started talks on how to prevent emissions cheating by car companies such as Volkswagen, with a US regulator saying some engineering choices accepted in Europe "don't make sense".
Volkswagen commits to an EU "action plan" announced last week, and promises to set up a single website to give details on cars fitted with software to cheat emissions tests.
Consumer affairs commissioner Jourova said Volkswagen has "committed to an EU-wide action plan", but the promise contains little news value according to the carmaker itself.
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