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Parliamentary questions
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8 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001713-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD)

 Subject:  Impact of conformity factors on air quality policies
 Answer in writing 

The Court of Justice has partially annulled Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/646, which had established emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) that must not be exceeded during new tests under real driving conditions(1). According to the Court, the Commission should not have modified the aforementioned Euro 6 limits set out in Regulation (EC) No 715/2007 by means of an implementing act, as they are an essential element of that regulation.

In addition, in the ‘Dieselgate’ briefing paper(2), the European Court of Auditors stated that, despite recent regulatory developments, it could take many years to improve urban air quality, given the large number of highly polluting motor vehicles already on the roads, and noted that, while more than 10 million vehicles had been recalled, the limited data available indicated that the impact on NOx emissions had been modest.

In the light of this, does the Commission consider it possible to deny the impact of discrepancies between the theoretical and real emission levels of the fleet of vehicles currently on the roads (Euro 1-6 classifications) on measures promoted at regional/local level to limit use of the most polluting vehicles?

Can the Commission say what proportion of diesel vehicles has been recalled or withdrawn from the market in Italy?

Can the Commission provide precise information on brands and models of diesel vehicles that are subject to retrofitting measures in Italy?


(3)This question is supported by a Member other than the authors: Dario Tamburrano (EFDD).

Original language of question: IT 
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