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No need to provide CO2 information?

December 24, 2012

T&E’s Belgian member Inter-Environnement Wallonie (IEW) has warned that the EU law requiring car manufacturers to give information on CO2 emissions from new cars has no teeth. IEW has given up a four-year fight, during which it complained to the Commission on several occasions that car makers are blatantly ignoring directive 1999/94, which makes it obligatory to give fuel economy and emissions information where new cars are sold.

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In 2008 IEW teamed up with four other NGOs to complain to the Commission that Belgium had not transposed the directive into Belgian law. Then in August 2012, IEW referred 203 complaints against Belgian car sellers to the Commission’s climate directorate, all of which breached the EU law. Despite this, the Commission says it will not take any action against Belgium.