The European Parliament’s environment committee on Tuesday (7 May) called for the installation of electric speed limiters for vans to prevent their accelerating beyond an agreed 120kph cap. But MEPs rejected reducing the 2020 target for van CO 2 emissions to 118g per km.
EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has written to Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, reassuring him that proposed EU regulations to cut vehicle CO2 emissions will not harm the German automobile giant because of relaxed rules for "supercredits". EurActiv reveals the content of the leaked letter.
The announcement by the Commission on Wednesday evening (23 July) came as a blow to German trade unions and to the Land of Lower Saxony but it could give the luxury carmaker a helping hand in meeting the stringent new emissions targets planned by the EU.
The German government has not done enough to abide by an EU Court ruling overturning a law that effectively protects Europe's largest car manufacturer from hostile takeovers, a Commission spokesperson said on 10 April, warning of further legal action.
Germany will lose its 'golden shares' in car manufacturer Volkswagen, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice which says that the 1960 'VW-Gesetz' contradicts EU rules on the free movement of capital.
Germany's 'VW law', which protects Volkswagen from foreign takeovers and ensures a majority stake for public authorities and trade unions in Europe's biggest carmaker, has been labelled illegal by an advocate-general at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).