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Volkswagen scandal shows EU lacks teeth

Published 09/06/2016

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Jeremy Corbyn claims the EU protects our environment and consumers. But the EU didn't do much about Volkswagen, did it?

Volkswagen deliberately and massively violated legal limits on nitrogen oxide emissions. So 11 million European vehicles each emitted nine times the allowable amount of the deadly gas.

The European Commission refused to act, then agreed to let Volkswagen exceed legal limits by 110% until 2020 and then by 50% indefinitely. This explains why air quality in Europe has not improved over the past 15 years and shows how little the EU really protects our environment, the consumer and public health.


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