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A government report could have been more detailed, but it was already more damning in tone than its German and UK counterparts.
Waste collection and recycling is going to be ramped up, and that will translate into circular business opportunities.
Unless states radically change course, it will take until 2034 before the EU ends overfishing - well beyond the legally set target year of 2020.
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.
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Industry commissioner Bienkowska promised to help member states interpret the EU law on cheating software by the end of this year.
European Commission says member states have not done enough to deter or punish carmakers for cheating on emissions tests.
French minister of environment said on Thursday her staff went against her wishes when supporting a proposal that allowed cars to exceed emission limits.
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The Court of Auditors says EU is "at serious risk" of failing to achieve its target to spend 20 percent of its budget on climate action.
EU industry commissioner Bienkowska had promised there would "definitely" be infringement procedures against countries that failed to make car manufacturers follow EU rules.
Christofer Fjellner, one of the involved MEPs, said the original timing was "pretty tight" and defended the delay.
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.
Draft legislation, seen by EUobserver, envisaged wide margin of error to help manufacturers when emissions testing moves out of the lab and onto the road.
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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.
A secret document said the EU may allow carmakers to use software that switches off the pollution control system when its 10C or colder.
Chairwoman of the inquiry committee, Kathleen Van Brempt, says that the car approval system needs to be reformed.
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Long-term policies will strengthen our competitiveness and create more jobs, while combating climate change in the long run.
Environment ministers will try to agree this week to speed up the process to sign up to the Paris agreement. Otherwise it would not be present at the table of the signatories at a conference in November.
One year ago, it emerged that VW had cheated on emission tests in what came to be called the Dieselgate affair. EUobserver looked at how it happened and what the EU did to stop it.
“You will definitely see some infringement procedures next month,” said commissioner Bienkowska in Strasbourg on Monday.
An Italian report triggered by the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal finds Fiat cars emitting more than double the EU limit. The report was finished in July, but has not been made public.
A year after Dieselgate broke, millions of polluting cars are still on the road. Not everyone will adhere to the Volkswagen recall, and some who did want the cheating software back.
A leaked EU memo from 2012 shows that officials warned the office of former industry chief Antonio Tajani on possible illegal car emissions discrepancies, but he did nothing to investigate.
Carmakers claim they don't know what "normal" driving conditions are in terms of EU law. But their own lobby group already decided 14 years ago.
French committee concluded that car manufacturers “systematically” used defeat devices. Market surveillance in the EU was “largely insufficient”.
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