The car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen fines in the billions threaten. After investigation by the EU Commission have agreed to the installation of exhaust-gas technology illegal. The corporations objected to.
BMW, Daimler and VW have taken according to the findings of the EU-competition authorities of illegal collusion to technologies of exhaust gas cleaning. It was the "provisional view" that the corporations involved in "systematic collusion", said competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, on the basis of investigation. The authority called on companies to make a statement within ten weeks. You penalties in the billions threaten.
The EU Commission had begun to 2017 preliminary investigations of the corporations and had instructed in October 2017 raids in the case of the car manufacturers. The formal investigation it had initiated in 2018. Both Daimler as well as Volkswagen had after learning of the allegations made in the past year, the application for leniency. The key witness in antitrust proceedings can leave on the biggest criminal or even the criminal of freedom of hope.