Dublin MEP Nessa Childers welcomes the news that her parliamentary group the Socialists and Democrats, have officially joined the demand for a committee of enquiry into the use of defeat devices to manipulate car emissions tests.
Ms. Childers, a member of the Environment and Public Health Committee of the European Parliament, had joined forces with other MEPs to submit a request for the establishment of a committee to probe into the automobile industry’s illegal practices.
Ms. Childers’ progressive parliamentary grouping also sent a letter to Environment Minister, Alan Kelly, and his EU counterparts, criticising the Commission and the Council of EU Ministers for technical proposals on driving emissions tests that dilute the decade-old Euro 6 standards.
Ms. Childers and her colleagues are vowing to veto the proposals if they are not tightened.
Speaking today after last night’s decision by her group, Ms. Childers said:
“We must take action on foot of a scandal with serious impact on respiratory health, the environment and corporate governance at the heart of Europe.
“Worse than that would be if we pay lip service to the principles we are supposed to uphold – this would only validate people’s genuine fears of regulatory capture of institutions of government by big corporations.
“The German automobile industry cannot be allowed to keep influencing how public policies affect these industrial giants.
“The margin of tolerance for emissions being proposed by the member states, with the Irish Government’s support, makes a mockery of the limits set in law and is to the detriment of our citizens’ health and the environment.
“This seems like an administrative defeat device to replace the illegal software one, which was known in policy circles for years.
“It’s just not acceptable. We must not keep turning a blind eye to a cause of respiratory illnesses which prematurely claim people’s lives.
“Big polluters have already secured places at the front row of the Climate Summit in Paris, which will start in a few days, and we must show our citizens whose side we are on for the sake of the current and future generations.
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