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24/05/2016

Dieselgate: We still need better lab tests

Topic: Volkswagen


Transport 04-05-2016

20 cities challenge relaxation of EU air pollution standards

Ordered to cut air pollution levels by Brussels, a group of EU cities are taking the Commission to court over its decision to relax car emissions standards, making their objectives even less attainable. EurActiv France reports.
Transport 22-04-2016

Fuel consumption test for passenger cars: Enough waiting

The European Commission has failed to live up to its promise of adopting a new test to measure the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of passenger cars and must now deliver as a matter of urgency, writes Monique Goyens in an open letter to the EU executive.
EU Priorities 2020 21-04-2016

Under Martin Schulz, the Parliament has become the '29th member state'

The president of the European Parliament will not say whether he plans to stay in his position in 2017. The German Chancellor may prefer to keep him in Brussels, at arm’s length. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Transport 18-04-2016

Commission set to override 125,000-signature air pollution petition

The Commission's decision to increase car emissions limits is set to be written into EU law, despite a petition launched by a group of 20 European cities and signed by 125,000 people. EurActiv France reports.
Transport 04-04-2016

VW to spend about half a billion euros on digital trucks by 2020

Volkswagen's truck division will spend about half a billion euros by the end of the decade to enhance digital features of heavy-goods vehicles as truckmakers increase their focus on automation in road haulage, it said on Monday (4 April).
Transport 09-03-2016

France launches 'aggravated fraud' inquiry into dieselgate

French prosecutors have opened an inquiry into Volkswagn for “aggravated fraud”. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Transport 02-03-2016

EPP warns against 'witch hunt' in parliament dieselgate probe

Social Democrats won out over the EPP's bid to claim leadership in the European Parliament's new inquiry committee on the dieselgate scandal.
Transport 02-03-2016

Dieselgate researcher says Commission overhaul won't bring big change

One of the researchers that put Volkswagen's emissions cheating on the map said the European Commission's proposal to more strictly police the car industry won't deliver 'fundamental change'.
Transport 24-02-2016

Commission car emissions testing won't have muscle like US watchdog

Commission officials told MEPs in the Environment Committee (ENVI) yesterday (23 February) that the executive doesn't have the resources to police the car industry like the US authorities that caught Volkswagen's emissions cheating last year.
Transport 02-02-2016

Parliament Legal Committee rattles Commission's emissions proposal

MEPs in the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted yesterday evening (1 February) to support an opinion that could deal a blow to the European Commission's proposed real driving emissions (RDE) tests for diesel cars.
Transport 27-01-2016

Commission wants new powers to police car industry after VW scandal

The European Commission today (27 January) proposed a new regulation to overhaul how national authorities approve car types - four months after the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal rocked EU lawmakers.
Transport 21-01-2016

Forty-five MEPs join inquiry committee to probe dieselgate emissions scandal

Forty-five MEPs were voted into the European Parliament's new inquiry committee tasked with uncovering potential failures of EU institutions to disclose information related to the dieselgate emissions scandal.
Transport 20-01-2016

Industry Commissioner tells VW to compensate European drivers

European Commissioner for Industry El?bieta Bie?kowska increased the pressure on Volkswagen to compensate European consumers, as it has done for US drivers, for its diesel emissions scandal, potentially adding to a hefty bill. 
Transport 14-01-2016

Dieselgate: EIB freezes new loans to Volkswagen

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has decided to put “on hold” any new loan to Volkswagen, after the bank concluded that part of its funds could have been involved in the emission scandal affecting the diesel vehicles.
Transport 17-12-2015

Parliament establishes committee of inquiry into Dieselgate scandal

The European Parliament voted Thursday (17 December) to launch a committee of inquiry into the Volkswagen emissions scandal, with a mandate to investigate the failures of the European Commission and member states to enforce EU legislation.

VW may have used EU funds illegally

The European Commission's anti-corruption division has opened proceedings against Volkswagen. The company could have used EU funding for illegal research. EurActiv Germany reports.
Transport 15-12-2015

Environment MEPs rebuff member states on diesel emissions

The European Parliament's Environment Committee voted yesterday evening (14 December) to reject a controversial proposal from the European Commission, and member states, on new emissions testing standards for diesel cars.

Commission takes Germany to court over Daimler refrigerant

The European Commission has finally decided to take Germany to the EU Court of Justice, after Berlin allowed Daimler AG to use a banned refrigerant for the cars’ air-conditioned system and helped the car marker to cheat EU regulations.
Transport 25-11-2015

Car emissions campaigners turn sights on Renault

Renault's flagship Espace minivan released toxic diesel emissions 25 times over legal limits in a Swiss study, despite complying with EU tests carried out at unrealistically low engine temperatures, a German environmental group said on Tuesday (24 November).
Transport 17-11-2015

Campaigners that exposed VW point finger at Lufthansa, British Airways

British Airways is the least fuel-efficient of the top 20 airlines travelling between Europe and North America, and the most carbon intensive way for a passenger to cross the Atlantic, the researchers that exposed the Volkswagen scandal today (17 November) said. 
Transport 16-11-2015

UK launches inquiry into vehicle type approval after VW scandal

Britain is to launch an inquiry into the system used to approve vehicles, including their emissions levels, in the wake of the diesel engines scandal engulfing Volkswagen.
Trade & Society 13-11-2015

Trusting corporations to be responsible: A failed EU experiment

The Dieselgate scandal is just the latest example of corporations hijacking the Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, Jérôme Chaplier.
Transport 06-11-2015

EU asks members to investigate after VW concedes further irregularities

The European Commission has written to all 28 European Union member countries urging them to widen their investigations into breaches of vehicle emissions rules after Volkswagen admitted it had understated carbon dioxide levels.

Dieselgate: We still need better lab tests

All countries should speed up the adoption of more stringent emissions testing procedures, like the Worldwide Harmonised Light-duty Test Procedure. These provide a benchmark for emissions test under real-world conditions, writes Christian Friis Bach.