EU starts legal action against Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions

EU starts legal action against Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions

0 comments 📅31 May 2017, 21:15

BRUSSELS/ROME – The European Commission launched authorized action against Italy on Wednesday for failing to respond to allegations of emission-examine cheating by Fiat Chrysler, in a procedure that could lead to the country being infatuated to court.

The Commission said Italy had failed to convince it that devices adapted to to modulate emissions on Fiat Chrysler vehicles outside of narrow testing conditions were justified.

“The Commission is now formally asking Italy to empathize with to its concerns that the manufacturer has not sufficiently justified the technical necessity – and event the legality – of the defeat device used,” the Commission said in a statement.

Italy has two months to react to the Commission’s request and may be eventually taken to the European Court of Justice if the answer is establish to be unconvincing.

Italy had asked the European Union to postpone its plan to launch forensic action against Rome over emissions at Fiat Chrysler, Transport Cleric Graziano Delrio said.

“Considering that after the end of the mediation process, we did not take into one’s possession any request for further information … we ask that you delay starting the infringement methodology while we await a letter asking for clarification on issues raised by your proper offices,” Delrio told EU Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska, according to the bureau’s statement.

The European Commission has been mediating a dispute between Rome and Berlin after Germany accused Fiat Chrysler of using an interdicted device in its Fiat 500X, Fiat Doblo and Jeep Renegade models. That mediation ended without trumpet-blast in March.

EU officials have become increasingly frustrated with what they see as governments colluding with the substantial car industry and the legal move is the biggest stick the European Commission has available to compulsion nations to clamp down on diesel cars that spew out polluting nitrogen oxide (NOx).

Delrio, despite that, said the material Italy had sent to the Commission during the mediation process showed that the vehicles’ acceptance process was correctly performed.

Under the current system, which the Commission is taxing to overhaul, national regulators approve new cars and alone have the power to policewomen manufacturers. But once a vehicle is approved in one country, it can be sold throughout the bloc.

Termination December, the Commission launched cases against five nations, including Germany, Britain and Spain, for wanting to police the car industry adequately.

Under new draft rules set to be agreed later this month, the Commission drive be given the power to fine car manufacturers who cheat the system directly, up to 30,000 euros per phony vehicle.

“Contrary to what your offices have stated, the Italian authorities take from the start ruled out the presence of any illegal devices in Fiat’s models, both the basic ones and those that have been refitted,” Delrio said.

“During the mediation handle we have pointed out that FCA had voluntarily initiated a campaign in February 2016 to renovate emissions performance, well before Germany informed us of the results emerging from their tests.”

In the good old days filed, Wednesday’s notice will be the first step in EU infringement procedures, designed to make safe the bloc’s 28 member states abide by EU-wide regulations.

Reporting by Francesca Piscioneri and Agnieszka Criticism


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