Member States, the European Parliament, health and environment NGOs, patient groups, car owners, scientists, industry associations and businesses will gather: (1) to ensure that Dieselgate-like breaches of environmental, consumer and other laws will not be repeated, (2) to safeguard the interests of consumers, the environment and patient groups, and (3) to restore the public trust in European sustainable car production.
The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 104 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
Manipulating the odometer to pretend that a vehicle has fewer kilometres than it really does is too easy and too cheap. That is how many Europeans end up being cheated when they buy a second-hand car.
On 30 May MEPs debate a resolution calling for new legislation to clamp down on odometer tampering and vote on it the following day. This process has seen the mileage rolled back on up to 50% of second-hand cars traded in the EU, with the price of vehicles fraudulently increasing by €2,000 – €5,000 on average.
The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 96 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
Without ruling on the legality of that regulation, the annulment of which is sought by several European capitals in other cases, the General Court finds that those almost 1 500 individuals have not established that the alleged harm is actual and certain or personal.
Dozens of the latest models of “Euro 6” diesel cars – newly approved for sale since the “dieselgate” scandal – are exceeding air pollution limits according to the manufacturers’ own tests, an Unearthed investigation has revealed. The news comes as the UK car industry is touting the latest Euro 6 standard diesels as the “cleanest in history”, amid nosediving sales and government moves to discourage consumers from driving highly polluting diesel cars.
The ALDE Group has today thrown its full support behind a report drafted by Ramon Tremosa i Balcells MEP for the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, concerning the Annual Report on EU Competition Policy. The parliamentary report, which was adopted today by the Committee with strong cross-party support, recognises the growing workload of the European Commission’s DG Competition and the strong actions taken by Commissioner Vestager with regard big major Antitrust and State Aid cases such as Google, Apple, Amazon but also in the truck cartel case.
The latest report in the quantification of infringement study series, released today by the EUIPO, through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, shows that EUR 2.4 billion is lost each year through counterfeiting in the tyre and battery sectors in the EU.
In three separate decisions, the European Commission has fined four maritime car carriers €395 million, two suppliers of spark plugs €76 million, and two suppliers of braking systems €75 million, for taking part in cartels, in breach of EU antitrust rules. All companies acknowledged their involvement in the cartels and agreed to settle the cases.