EU launches ‘Dieselgate’ emissions cheating scandal case against Italy

Peace and Freedom

AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The EU launched infringement proceedings against Italy on Wednesday for failing to adequately investigate emissions cheating allegations against automaker Fiat.

The accusations involving the Italian auto giant come in the wake of the Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal, revealed in 2015, that affected 11 million cars.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, says Italian authorities ignored the presence of so called “defeat devices” in Fiat autos that enable cars to minimise pollution levels during tests.

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Italy follows Germany, Britain and five other member states challenged by the Commission in December for turning a blind eye to emissions cheating.

“The Commission decided today to send a letter of formal notice asking Italy to respond to concerns about insufficient action taken regarding the emission control strategies employed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group (FCA),” a statement said.

The notice is the first step in the EU’s infringement procedure that ensures the…

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