VW found to have broken laws in 20 EU countries
THE European Commission has found that Volkswagen breached consumer laws in 20 European Union countries by cheating on emissions tests, German daily Die Welt reported, citing commission sources.
Among them are the Consumer Sales and Guarantees Directive - which prohibits companies from touting exaggerated environmental claims in sales pitches - and the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, both of which apply across the EU, the paper said.
The European Commission said Industry Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska has repeatedly invited Volkswagen to consider compensating consumers voluntarily, without an encouraging response, and that it was for national courts to determine whether consumers were entitled to claims.
To ensure consumers are treated fairly, a commission spokesman said, Consumer Commissioner Vera Jourova had written to consumer associations across the EU to collect information.
"She will meet relevant representatives in Brussels this week," the spokesman wrote in an e-mailed response.
Ms Jourova has been working with consumer groups to pressure Volkswagen to compensate clients in Europe as it has in the United States over the diesel emissions scandal.
Volkswagen has pledged billions of euros to compensate owners of VW diesel-powered cars but has so far rejected calls for similar payments for the 8.5 million affected vehicles in Europe, where different legal rules weaken the chances of winning a pay out.
Ms Jourova told Die Welt that she was still analysing feedback from the member states.