Written Answer to a Question: VW vehicles still non-compliant after recall operation

Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission to a question (Rule 130) by Nicola Danti (S&D) regarding “VW vehicles still non-compliant after recall operation”.

Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is following the Volkswagen (VW) case very closely. The Commission opened infringement procedures against seven Member States(1) regarding the legislation on penalties for violation of type-approval legislation and against Italy concerning a possible defeat device. The Commission also asked in July 2017 all Member States to remove non-compliant cars from the market and circulation as soon as possible and agree voluntary measures to reduce NOx emissions from the existing diesel fleet in Europe.

Regarding consumer protection, the Commission has regular contacts with the VW Group at the highest level. After talks with the Commissioner responsible for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality in 2016, VW committed to repairing all affected cars by autumn 2017(2).

On 7 September 2017, the EU consumer authorities working under the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Network and the Commission sent a joint letter to the Chief Executive Officer of VW urging the group to swiftly repair all the affected cars(3). They demanded full transparency on the repair process, including a detailed account on what has been achieved and what remains to be done. The CPC authorities also asked Volkswagen to actively communicate on the groups ‘Trust Building Measure’, regarding possible post repairs issues that would affect certain engine parts. They also insisted this measure is not limited in scope and time.

The 2013 Commission Recommendation on collective redress encourages Member States to have collective redress systems in place, stressing that procedures have to be fair, equitable, timely and not prohibitively expensive. The Commission is currently assessing how the recommendation has been implemented and if any further action is needed to ensure that the objectives of the recommendation are fully met.

(1) Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Greece, the Czech Republic and Lithuania (the latter was since closed).
(2) More information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEX-17-231_en.htm.
(3) http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-3102_en.htm

Question for written answer P-002746/2017
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nicola Danti (S&D)

Subject: VW vehicles still non-compliant after recall operation

The consumer associations Altroconsumo in Italy, Test-Achats in Belgium, Ocu in Spain and DecoProteste in Portugal have recently conducted tests in accredited laboratories on three vehicles from the Volkswagen automobile group – namely the Audi Q5 2.0, the Polo TDI 1.2 and the Golf TDI 1.6 to check whether after the recall the vehicles mentioned above comply with the NOx emission levels provided for by EU legislation.

According to the results of these tests, in all three cases, even after the software update in the engines by the German automaker, NOx emissions measured in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) significantly exceed those indicated on the registration certificate and therefore fail to comply with the provisions of the Euro 5-6 Regulation.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

– What actions does it intend to take to ensure that the vehicles comply with EU legislation following the recall?

– Does it agree that ‘a legislative proposal for the establishment of a collective redress system in order to create a harmonised system for EU consumers’ should be drawn up as soon as  possible – on the basis of the recommendations of the European Parliament’s  Committee of Inquiry into emission measurements in the automotive sector adopted on 4 April 2017?

Source: European Parliament

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