GUE/NGL MEPs to question Commission over Volkswagen scandal
In response to the discovery of Volkswagen´s mass-scale emissions fraud, GUE/NGL MEP Merja Kyllönen* has drafted two critical questions for the European Commission.
GUE/NGL will request that these questions are put on the agenda for the upcoming plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg from October 5 to 8.
The questions posed to the European Commission are:
1. How will the Commission proceed to investigate the Volkswagen case as a matter of urgency, as well as the compliance of the whole European car manufacturing industry?
2. How will the Commission advance the emission test requirements and improve the market monitoring in Europe to ensure that the rights and public confidence of European consumers and citizens will be better safeguarded?
The questions aim to address the mass-scale fraud in which Volkswagen falsified the emission tests' results of its cars, affecting 11 million cars and car owners.
MEP Merja Kyllönen explained: “This act by Volkswagen is totally shameful and unacceptable. It is a serious breach of both consumer trust and European environmental legislation. The additional emissions have a harmful impact on human health and the scandal will reduce the credibility of the European Union among the international community in the lead-up to the COP21 meeting in Paris.”
* The questions have been supported by the following GUE/NGL MEPs: Rina Ronja Kari, Eleonora Forenza, Younous Omarjee, Patrick Le Hyaric, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Kostas Chrysogonos, Stelios Kouloglou, Sofia Sakorafa, Kateřina Konečná, Paloma Lopez Bermejo, Nikolaos Chountis, Anja Hazekamp, Stefan Eck, Malin Björk, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Fabio De Masi, and Curzio Maltese.
The complete text of the questions is in attachment.
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