Fiat submitted a letter from their attorney to cancel, at short notice, the meeting scheduled for today at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The company, inter alia, insists that only Italian authorities are responsible for determining whether Fiat vehicles are compliant with European exhaust emission standards. Fiat is invoking European Procedural Law and, for the time being, refusing to have more meetings with German authorities.
Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt:
It is completely incomprehensible why Fiat is showing such uncooperative behaviour. We are dealing with precise allegations. It would be appropriate for Fiat to meet with the commission of inquiry to comment on them.
The commission of inquiry has doubts whether, in the case of Fiat, type approval legislation has been complied with.
The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) will send its test results to the Italian type approval authority. The Italian authorities will have to examine these documents and assess whether requirements have been met.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is working towards ensuring that the relevant European Regulation (namely Article 5 of Regulation (EC) 715/2007) be amended. State-of-the-art technology must be a mandatory quality feature for the application of engine and exhaust gas technology.
It is unacceptable that the wording of an EU law allows manufacturers of underdeveloped engines to hide behind the argument of engine protection.