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.
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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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.
Quotas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in sectors such as agriculture or transport will have added flexibility.
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.
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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”.
The 2012 request is somewhat ironic, considering that it has since emerged some car companies themselves have misled the public about how their cars' emissions filters worked.
MEPs' visit to emissions lab in Ispra did not yield a lot of new evidence, inquiry committee chairwoman said, as VW announced billions of euro in profit.
New York attorney general says his investigation showed "a culture of deeply rooted corporate arrogance" in the Volkswagen Group.
Members of the UK parliament said in report that Volkswagen Group acted with “a cynical disregard for emissions limits”.
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First former EU commissioner Stavros Dimas appears in front of parliamentary inquiry committee into Dieselgate scandal.
German MEP Bernd Lange wrote the definition of defeat devices in 1997 into EU legislation, but also the exception carmakers use as a loophole.
The EU Commission has offered to clarify legislation on emissions cheating software, but an apparent communication breakdown with Germany is not helping its cause.
The Italian carmaker is accused of using an emissions-cheating software, but a recent Italian letter to Brussels shows that the potential fine is minuscule.
EU Commission always maintained it had no indication VW cheated, but one EU researcher reportedly suspected the use of a cheating strategy in 2010.
One of the last patches of Europe’s primeval forests is in danger after Poland approved plans for extensive logging, prompting EU legal action in yet another clash with Warsaw.
German IT expert Daniel Lange, who was able to find Volkswagen's cheating software by reverse-engineering, said foot soldier engineers had little incentive to report the cheating.
The EU Commission proposes regulating the chemicals under existing laws, but campaigners say the criteria they have used ensures few substances will be controlled.
A new procedure aimed at reducing gaps between laboratory results and reality will be mandatory as of 1 September 2017.
“The ambition of the Dutch presidency is to get as far as possible with the file, including reaching a political agreement,” an EU source said Tuesday.
Europe should increase fines on emissions-cheating software and monitor carmakers more closely, says a former senior official at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Bienkowska rejects German request to rewrite EU rules on defeat devices used by carmakers. National enforcement is the problem, not EU law, she tells transport ministers.
Germany has proposed tightening up EU law on technology that controls car emissions. But critics said it's too little too late after the VW scandal.
Painful process to agree on use of glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to a cancer scare, could end up with EU Commission taking unilateral action.