EP calls for in­quiry into VW scan­dal

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Skoda, Audi and Volk­swa­gen.

“We will find out if these en­gines are Euro 4. Maybe we will be sur­prised that they are even Euro 3,” the min­is­ter said.

“Ro­ma­ni­ans would not have to pay this ex­tra tax. This will be as­signed to those who have mis­led the good-faith own­ers,” she said.

Asked to com­ment on re­ports that the to­tal sum could reach EUR 1 bln, Gavrilescu said that what­ever the amount is, Ro­ma­nia would ask Volk­swa­gen to pay.

“Since this is a mat­ter of fraud, and since we are obliged to de­fend the rights of the car own­ers and of the Ro­ma­nian state, we will do it,” Gavrilescu said.

In the US, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) said that the soft­ware de­ceived reg­u­la­tors mea­sur­ing toxic emis­sions, adding that Volk­swa­gen could face fines of up to $18 bln as a re­sult.

The car­maker could face penal­ties of $37,500 for each car not in com­pli­ance with fed­eral emis­sions reg­u­la­tions.

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