In an open letter to VW’s CEO, Europe’s Industry Commissioner asks for more information on affected cars and calls for Europeans customers to be compensated in the same way as in the US.
Volkswagen is giving US owners of diesel-powered cars with 2.0-liter engines under investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency a 500-dollar Visa card, another 500-dollar gift in credits from its dealers and three years of free roadside assistance. Furthermore, the company has recently announced that the bonus package will be extended to larger engines as well. In November, a Volkswagen spokesman said there would be no financial gifts for European customers.
In a letter to CEO Matthias Mueller seen by Reuters, European Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska demands comparable compensation for EU consumers affected by the cheating scandal. “I would like to ask you to reconsider your stance regarding compensation and reflect on the ways to offer compensation also to the European consumers,” Bienkowsksa says. “The issue of compensation goes beyond the difference in the legal set-up between the US and the EU and plays a fundamental role in viewing VW as a responsible and trustworthy company,” she writes.
The Commissioner also asks for VW to reveal the precise number of affected cars for each EU state member and calls for the automaker to offer more information on the recall plan in the region. The European Union plans to tighten regulations to prevent a repeat of the VW emissions scandal. At the end of this month, it is expected to be announced a proposal to give the Commission powers to recall vehicles found in breach of EU emissions standards and fine those responsible.