Road Transport

Real Driving Emissions

Plenary speech by Bas Eickhout

Even if you are on the side of the car industry, you cannot accept that a technical committee is adjusting what we decided as co-legislators


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EU car pollution rules

Postponing vote on controversial car emissions is political chicanery

A much anticipated vote on draft EU rules on testing pollutant emissions from cars, which was foreseen for next week, will be postponed. The decision was taken at the Conference of Presidents of political groups today and was supported by the EPP and S&D political groups. The vote on the proposa...


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Car pollution scandal

EU Parliament to set up inquiry on Green initiative

  The European Parliament's Conference of Presidents of political groups today agreed to the setting up of a parliamentary inquiry committee to investigate the car pollution scandal. The European Parliament will now vote as whole on the draft mandate for the committee in its plenary sess...


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EU car pollution rules

Controversial car emissions tests rejected by MEPs

The European Parliament's environment committee this evening voted to reject a decision to introduce 'real driving emissions' (RDE) tests for measuring compliance with EU car pollution limits. The controversial decision by EU governments would create tests with such major loopholes ('...


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Urban mobility

EU Parliament calls for shift towards sustainable transport policy

The European Parliament today adopted an initiative report outlining its position on urban mobility, which was drafted by Green MEP Karima Delli. After the vote, the rapporteur Karima Delli said:"The European Parliament has today voted in favour of reorienting of transport policy in our cities ...


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Car pollution scandal

EP inquiry must be finalised without delay

The socialist (S&D) group today added its support to a proposal made by the Greens/EFA group to set up a parliamentary inquiry committee to investigate the car pollution scandal. With a majority of groups now supporting an inquiry, a decision will be taken at an extraordinary conference of presi...


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Car emissions scandal

EU Commission has serious questions to answer on prior knowledge of illegal manipulation

Commenting on the latest revelation that the European Commission had evidence in 2011 already that car manufacturers were using illegal manipulation to avoid complying with EU pollutant limits for vehicles (1), Green environment spokesperson and vice-president Bas Eickhout said: "The Europea...


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Urban mobility

MEPs call for shift away from diesel and move towards sustainable transport policy

The European Parliament's transport committee today adopted an initiative report outlining its position on urban mobility, which was drafted by Green MEP Karima Delli. After the vote, the rapporteur Karima Delli said: "MEPs have today voted for a reorientation of transport policy in our cities,...


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Car emissions scandal

Widening of car emissions scandal throws spotlight on failures of regulators

Commenting on the latest revelation by car manufacturer Volkswagen that many of its cars on the market are also not in line with EU norms on CO2 emissions, in addition to the ongoing scandal relating to air pollutant emissions, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said:"This latest revelation ...


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Car pollution

Cars allowed to exceed EU pollution limits under scandalous decision by EU governments

EU governments today approved a new testing procedure for car pollutant emissions under the EU's so-called 'comitology' regulatory process (1). While the test is being described as a 'real driving emissions' test, it would include loopholes allowing cars which exceed the pollutan...


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Car pollution scandal

European Parliament calls for EU to step up its response to 'dieselgate'

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution setting out its main demands in response to the scandal regarding car pollutant emissions from Volkswagen and other car manufacturers. Commenting after the vote, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "The European Parliament has today ...


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Car pollution scandal

Latest case shows systemic failure in regulation must be urgently addressed

Commenting on the latest allegations in Germany that a new car manufacturer, Opel, may have also falsified pollutant emissions data, according to research by a Swiss institute (1), Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: "This latest scandal underlines that this is a sector-wide problem ...


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