Parliament decided to set up a 45 member inquiry committee to investigate breaches of EU rules on car emission tests and alleged failures by EU member states and the European Commission to enforce EU standards. The committee will present an interim report within 6 months, and a final report within 12 months, of starting its work.
MEPs approved the creation of the inquiry committee by 354 votes to 229, with 35 abstentions.
The committee will investigate:
The request follows the discovery in the US that the Volkswagen group used software to drive down NoX emissions cosmetically during tests. Parliament voted a resolution in October calling for a thorough investigation into the role and responsibility of the EU Commission and member states and urging them to disclose what they knew of these breaches and what actions had been taken.