#CarEmissions: ‘We are not done with #Verheugen yet’

image-56679-panoV9free-svrc-56679“Former Commissioner Günter Verheugen (pictured) did not bring clarity to the issue at his appearance before the inquiry committee on car emissions today (30 August). Specifically, he did not explain why EU legislation on emissions was pushed through in 2007 when it was clearly known that real-world driving car emissions vastly differ from those in laboratory conditions, to the detriment of public health and the environment,” said EPP Group Spokesman in the Inquiry Committee, Krišjānis Kariņš MEP, after the hearing in the Inquiry Committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector (EMIS).

After rejecting two previous invitations, former European Commissioner for Industry Günter Verheugen finally appeared before the EMIS Committee. Verheugen was the legislative father of the problematic directives and regulations on car emissions exposed by the VW scandal and he has more answers to give.

“Verheugen did not provide a sufficient answer as to why there was no response to possible cheating by light duty vehicle producers following findings on truck manufacturers using defeat devices in the market in the United States back in 1998,” said Krišjānis Kariņš.

It has also become apparent that several other people in the European institutions are responsible for having put in place the controversial piece of legislation that made it possible for car manufacturers to cheat. The result was higher emissions of NOx than allowed in the legislation.

“Given that S&D Group MEPs from car-producing regions in Germany were moving this legislation forward with the former German Industry Commissioner Verheugen for years, it would be fruitful to invite both Bernd Lange MEP (S&D) and Matthias Groote MEP (S&D) to the EMIS Committee,” Krišjānis Kariņš concluded.

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Others Transport / Environment29-08-2016 – 14:36

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