EU Investigates ‘Irregularities’ in VW CO2 Emissions Scandal

By Paul Riegler on 5 November 2015
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Brussels, Belgium, the seat of the European Commission

The European Commission, the European Union’s executive body, has asked all member states whether they had any knowledge of the “irregularities” reported earlier this week by Volkswagen with respect to the carbon-dioxide emissions from its vehicles.

The letter, a copy of which was viewed by The Diesel Driver, was dated November 5 and signed by industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska and energy and climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete. It asks EU environment and industry ministers to submit statistics on “how many of the vehicles that were newly registered in your country in the calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014 were possibly affected.”

The Commission said in the letter that it was not aware of any irregularities prior to this week’s disclosure and wants “to find out how and why this could happen” with the support of its member states.

Earlier this week, Volkswagen said it had understated the output of carbon dioxide in almost 800,000 of its vehicles that were sold in Europe.

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