Volkswagen commits to EU-wide action plan to address the diesel emissions issue pending validation

Commissioner Jourová met yesterday with Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Member of the Board of Management of the VW group, following her discussion with 31 consumer organisations in Brussels two weeks ago. Volkswagen committed to an EU-wide action plan to bring the affected cars back into conformity. Volkswagen agreed to inform the customers by end 2016 and to have all cars repaired by autumn 2017. Commissioner Jourová said: “Volkswagen committed to an EU-wide action plan today, which is an important step towards a fair treatment of consumers in the EU. I will closely monitor this commitment and continue to work with consumer organisations, authorities and Volkswagen.” This is an important first step, which the Commission will be closely monitoring. Therefore it was agreed to have another meeting on the same level soon to take stock of the progress. Also the conference with consumer organisations next week in Brussels and the meeting with enforcement authorities in early October will be occasions to hold Volkswagen accountable to these commitments.