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EU pressure on 7 Member States caught up in dieselgate is welcome

08 December 2016
by BEUC -- last modified 08 December 2016

Today, the European Commission announced it would open infringement procedures against 7 Member States for their handling of the dieselgate scandal.


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The countries targeted by the Commission have either failed to introduce penalties systems against car manufacturers for violating emissions limits or have not taken action against companies in light of evidence that they broke these emissions norms.

Monique Goyens, Director General of The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), commented:

"This action by the Commission is good news for consumers. It is a strong rebuke of Germany and other countries' inaction. These countries' failure to act against cheating car manufacturers shows how one-sided the response has been on dieselgate – it's been about protecting the industry at the expense of consumers.

"The Commission is clear: VW's use of defeat devices broke EU law. We now need to see VW and other car makers fined for their disrespect of emission standards and for the harm this causes to people's health.

"More must happen. These illegal practices and poor behaviour have harmed consumers and we expect car manufacturers to compensate consumers for the damage they suffered."

BEUC acts as the umbrella group in Brussels for its members and our main task is to represent them at European level and defend the interests of all Europe's consumers. BEUC investigates EU decisions and developments likely to affect consumers, with a special focus on five areas identified as priorities by our members: Financial Services, Food, Digital Rights, Consumer Rights & Enforcement and Sustainability.

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