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European Commission statement on air pollutant car emissions

EU News 259/2015

Brussels, 24 September 2015

European Commission calls for full disclosure, zero tolerance and strict compliance with EU rules on pollutant emissions

In the wake of revelations that car manufacturer Volkswagen used a "defeat device" software to circumvent emissions standards for certain air pollutants, the  Commission calls on national authorities to look into the implications for vehicles sold in Europe and ensure that EU pollutant emission standards are scrupulously respected.


The Commission invites all Member States to carry out the necessary investigations at national level and report back. The Commission is offering to facilitate the exchange of information between Member States. We need to have a full picture of how many vehicles certified in the EU were fitted with defeat devices, which are banned by the Euro 5/6 Regulation 715/2007/EC. We will discuss this matter in detail with the national Type Approval Authorities in the coming days.



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