#Dieselgate: Inquiry committee to question industry and Commission representatives

Mechanic, checking the exhaust fumes of a diesel fuelled passenger car for emission gasses, such as carbon dioxide.

A mechanic checking the exhaust fumes of a diesel-fuelled passenger car for emission gases such as carbon dioxide

Parliament’s inquiry committee into car emissions measurements continues its investigation this week by questioning industry representatives as well as former Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. Committee chair Kathleen Van Brempt, a Belgian member of the S&D group, also takes part in a Facebook live session on Thursday (14 July) from 14h CET, giving you the chance to ask her everything you wanted to know about this investigation.

Background

After Volkswagen admitted to cheating emissions tests in the EU, the European Parliament decided on 2 March 2016 to set up an inquiry committee to investigate if there was an issue with emission measurements in the car industry.So far the committee has heard from representatives from various academic institutes, trade associations and non-governmental organizations. It has already published an interim report on the work done so far as well as a plan on what it plans to do for the final six months of its one-year term. The committee votes on the interim report on Wednesday 13 July while all MEPs are expected to debate and vote on it during the September plenary in Strasbourg.

This week’s hearings

Representatives from Renault and Volkwagen are questioned by the committee on Wednesday from 9h CET. Representatives from Mitsubishi and the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) are heard the following day from 9h CET and former Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas from 15h.

Finding out more
To find out more, to take part in our live session with committee chair Kathleen Van Brempt on Parliament’s Facebook page on Thursday, 14 July at 14h CET. You can ask questions by writing them in the comments section.

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