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Dieselgate: WECF co-signs letter to EU to address air pollution and fraudulent behaviour of carmakers

NGOs including WECF urge the EU to respond to the diesel emissions scandal immediately

09.11.2015 |Carmen Chan

45 organizations including WECF signed an open letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Martin Schulz, because Volkswagen – and very likely other companies – have intentionally misrepresented and manipulated data for years to undercut standards which were put in place to protect our health and the environment. The letter was sent to the three EU presidents and the press on 9 November 2015.

In the letter, the NGOs call on the EU institutions and national governments to respond to this dieselgate scandal immediately, by:

  1. Undertaking an immediate, independent and transparent EU-level investigation into the dieselgate scandal;
  2. Establishing EU oversight in the process of type approval for motor vehicles;
  3. Strengthening the enforcement of environmental legislation at EU and Member State level;
  4. Ensuring that fraudulent companies are suspended from the EU lobby register until it has been demonstrated that they comply with EU law.

UPDATE: Schulz has responded to our open letter. Download his response here.

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