Skiurlaub- günstig mit FeWo-direkt
Hotelsuche in 
 

EU-Commissioner attacks VW

Europe
05.09.2016
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
EU official: VW appears to have breached consumer protection rules
Volkswagen appears to have violated EU consumer protection rules, a top official from the bloc said Monday, pointing to complaints about a lack of transparency from the German automobile giant during its emissions scandal.
GALLERY
Brussels (dpa) - The United States discovered last year a device in several VW diesel models that lowered emissions readings when a car was put through testing, meaning polluting cars were recorded as meeting environmental standards.
Vera Jourova, European Union (EU) Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, gestures as she presents the results of the 2016 Consumer Markets Scoreboard in Brussels, Belgium, 05 September 2016.

The carmaker later admitted that it had installed illegal software in some 11 million cars worldwide, 8.5 million of them in Europe.

The European Union‘s commissioner for consumer protection, Vera Jourova, said Monday "it seems to be the case" that two pieces of EU legislation - regulating unfair commercial practices and the sale of consumer goods - were breached in the VW case.

Enforcing consumer protection rules is the responsibility of EU member states, but the bloc‘s executive - the European Commission - has started coordinating action on the VW scandal.

National authorities and consumer organizations have spoken of a "lack of information provided from Volkswagen to consumers, so a kind of lack of transparency," Jourova told journalists in Brussels.

The company for instance did not give consumers enough information on redress measures and treated them differently from country to country, commission sources said.

Jourova is set to explore the issue further with representatives from national consumer protection organizations during talks on Thursday. Meetings with national authorities and VW officials are also foreseen, she said.

"I want the national authorities to gain the best protection and best redress within the legal framework," Jourova said, while also underlining the need for "fair communication" with VW.

The European Parliament, meanwhile, is conducting an inquiry into alleged failings by the commission and member states in their oversight of car emissions testing ahead of the VW scandal.

Former EU industry commissioner Antonio Tajani denied Monday in a hearing with the parliament‘s inquiry committee that he had done anything wrong, following a media report that his office had ignored warnings about car emission discrepancies.

"I never received any evidence or information about defeat devices being used by car manufacturers to cheat on emissions," said Tajani, who now serves as a member of the EU parliament.

"We were not in the thrall of the car industry," he added. "I can show you documents showing that there was some industry resistance against the choices made by the commission. Those are tangible facts; everything else is nonsense."

 

Kommentare zu diesem Artikel
 
Neuer Kommentar
Name *
Email * (wird nicht öffentlich angezeigt)
Kommentar
* Pflichtangaben
 
Diesen Artikel empfehlen

Absender Empfänger Nachricht (optional)
Name
E-Mail

Name
E-Mail
   
 
 
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Nachrichtenportal
 
NACHRICHTEN
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would allow Russia to simultaneously support his embattled regime and the opposition groups fighting inside his country, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Moscow (dpa) - Putin said al-Assad was
EU member states agreed in principle on Wednesday to use road testing from 2017 to help evaluate diesel car emissions, on top of the laboratory tests that have been at the heart of a scandal around the German automotive giant Volkswagen. Brussels
The emissions scandal that already has cost Volkswagen billions of dollars and damaged its made-in-Germany reputation broadened Monday to include 3-litre engines in Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche light duty diesel vehicles. Washington (dpa) - The US
Eleven EU countries, including the bloc's economic powerhouse Germany, failed Monday to reach agreement on a disputed financial transaction tax, according to Spanish Finance Minister Luis De Guindos, who expressed hope that a deal can be clinched next month. Brussels
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday urged EU leaders to develop a "flexible union of free member states," setting out four key areas where he wants to negotiate reforms. London (dpa) - Cameron, who has listed his demands in a
Seven assailants died in the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday evening. French police have identified five by their fingerprints. Here is what is known about them. Paris (dpa) - OMAR ISMAIL MOSTEFAI: A 29-year-old Frenchman born in the southern Paris
 
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Reiseportal
 
REISEPORTAL
Situated on the borders of the French and Swiss Alps, surrounded by some of the highest peaks in Europe - Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn and the Gran Paradiso - Valle d'Aosta is the smallest Italian region, but also a real paradise for winter
The region Friuli Venezia Giulia is close to Austria in the North, Slovenia in the East and Croatia in the South. In the past Romans, Longobards and the Habsburg dynasty dominated the area. Due to this, incredible artistic and cultural richness can
It is not a bad thing for us, that the route known as the Goldene Strae or the Golden Road as we will get to know it- has escaped the attention of so many. It has been spared being overrun by hordes of tourists and as you will discover the
It is not a bad thing for us, that the route known as the Goldene Strae or the Golden Road as we will get to know it- has escaped the attention of so many. It has been spared being overrun by hordes of tourists and as you will discover the
It is not a bad thing for us, that the route known as the Goldene Strae or the Golden Road as we will get to know it- has escaped the attention of so many. It has been spared being overrun by hordes of tourists and as you will discover the
It is not a bad thing for us, that the route known as the Goldene Strae or the Golden Road as we will get to know it- has escaped the attention of so many. It has been spared being overrun by hordes of tourists and as you will discover the
Wetter

Maribor


(08.12.2022 14:15)

-4 / -1 °C


09.12.2022
-4 / -1 °C
10.12.2022
-5 / -2 °C
powered by wetter.com
Stock News

© europe online publishing house GmbH, Weiden, Germany, info@europeonline-magazine.eu | Impressum