Emissions cheating scandal: EU official to meet Volkswagen chairman

Brussels, Sep 29 (IANS) A European Commission spokesman here said the European Union’s Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska would meet the chairman of Volkswagen’s board on Tuesday.

The Volkswagen emission scandal emerged several days ago when the US Environmental Protection Agency announced that diesel-powered Volkswagen automobiles engines used software that made it possible to falsify the real values of toxic emissions, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

The spokesman made the remarks at a daily press briefing over the need to have a full picture of how many of the company’s vehicles certified in the European Union (EU) were fitted with defeat devices, which were banned by the EU regulations in 2007.

He added that the matters in detail would be discussed in the regular EU ministers’ meeting on competitiveness affairs.

Volkswagen on last Tuesday admitted that a total of 11 million diesel cars might have been involved in the emissions manipulation issue.

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