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Commission pursues member states over VW scandal

The European Commission has opened infringement procedures against seven member states, saying that they breached EU rules regarding diesel vehicle emissions.

Procedures have been opened by the Commission against Germany, the UK, Spain and Luxembourg for “not applying national provisions on penalties” for the breaking of EU emissions laws to the manufacturer Volkswagen “despite the company’s use of illegal defeat device software”.

The action relates to Volkswagen’s 2015 admission that it used software to cheat vehicle emissions tests in the United States, and that the device containing this software was fitted to 11 million vehicles sold worldwide.

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