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New investigation committee formed for Volkswagen scandal

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Strasbourg: Investigation committee was formed after a voting session by the European Parliament following the Volkswagen scandal.

The explosive central question which must be answered by the 45 Members of European Parliament (MEPs) of all political varieties who have been chosen to sit on the investigative committee was the European Commission aware of fraudulent practices being used by the German automaker that is accused by the US of having rigged motors in 11 million vehicles so as to pass anti-pollutant checks with the help of a piece of software?, according to Xinhua.

Other questions posed by the highest bodies of the EU include Did the member states of the EU as well do what was necessary to enforce EU norms? Did they take appropriate and efficient measures to supervise and enforce the explicit prohibition of “invalidation devices”? Were tests representative of real driving conditions put into place? Were effective, proportional, and dissuasive sanctions, applicable to automakers in cases of violation, established?

In October, the European Parliament strongly requested explanations from EU industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska, then voted on a resolution demanding a deeper investigation on the role and responsibility of the European Commission and EU member states in the scandal.

Several MEPs railed against the “going off the rails of the Volkswagen lobbies”, going as far as accusing the German government of being complicit.

In the political storm raised by what has been referred to as “Diesel Gate”, not only has the jewel of German industry been threatened, but also the health and credibility of the European auto sector in general.

French automaker Renault confirmed on Tuesday that it would recall nearly 16,000 vehicles equipped with diesel motors because of “an error detected and corrected” in the summer of 2015 while affirming that these models respected norms currently in force.

The investigative committee of the European Parliament will present a preliminary report within six months and a final report within twelve months from the beginning of its work. It will hold its first meeting in February in order to name its President and Vice Presidents.(IANS)(image: mashable.com)

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Single-Use Plastic Banned By The European Parliament

The EU plastics bill also includes deadlines for reducing or recycling other plastics such as bottles, fishing lines, food wrappers, and cigarette filters.

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Plastic bottles and other plastics, including a mop, lie washed up on the bank of the River Thames in London, Britian. VOA

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ban single-use plastic products such as straws, eating utensils and coffee sticks across the European Union.

The measure passed 571 to 53, with 34 abstentions.

If approved by the European Commission — the EU executive — and individual states, the ban would become law in 2021.

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Plastic items washed up by the sea are seen at the Ao Phrao Beach, on the island of Ko Samet, Thailand, June 9, 2018. (VOA)

Supporters say plastics are a major source of pollution that chokes oceans, litters cities, and can take decades to disintegrate.

Some U.S. cities have moved to ban plastic straws in restaurants after a heartbreaking video of a wildlife rescuer pulling a straw out of a turtle’s bloody nose was posted on the internet earlier this year.

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A plastic bottle washed up by the sea . (VOA)

A consortium of European plastics manufacturers called the EU bill “disproportionate” and said banning single-use plastics discourages investment into new ways to recycle.

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The EU plastics bill also includes deadlines for reducing or recycling other plastics such as bottles, fishing lines, food wrappers, and cigarette filters. (VOA)