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Childers welcomes launch of committee of enquiry into Dieselgate emissions scandal

Press Release

Thursday 17 Dec 2015

Dublin MEP Nessa Childers has welcomed the European Parliament’s decision to set up 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 the request for the establishment of a committee to probe into the automobile industry’s illegal practices.

The Dublin MEP had on Monday voted to reject lax ‘real driving emissions’ standards for measuring compliance with EU car pollution limits in the Environment committee.

Ms. Childers’ parliamentary grouping had vowed to veto the proposals in a letter to Environment Minister, Alan Kelly, and his EU counterparts, criticising the Commission and the Council of EU Ministers for the technical proposals on driving emissions tests, diluting the decade-old Euro 6 standards.

Speaking from Strasbourg after today’s vote to set up the enquiry committee, Ms. Childers said:

“We cannot fail to 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 in a way that would validate our citizens’ fears of regulatory capture of our institutions by big corporations.

“The German automobile industry cannot be allowed to keep dictating the main thrust of public policies that affect these industrial giants, to the detriment of our citizens’ health and the environment.”