Environmental Protection and Nature Minister Mihael Zmajlovic said on Thursday that a commission set up to deal with the Volkswagen eco scandal would convene next Wednesday, adding that Croatia would ask Volkswagen to recall all vehicles that are emitting nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times above what is allowed.
Zmajlovic said the Commission will have to determine the exact number of such vehicles in Croatia and the damage Croatia was exposed to, after which the government would decide on further steps.
On October 7, Zmajlovic said Croatia would ask compensation from Volkswagen in the wake of the emissions scandal, should the accusations prove to be true, adding that he had set up a special commission to investigate the allegations. “I will not allow anyone, not even a big and powerful company, to make us an accomplice in poisoning our planet and Croatia,” Zmajlovic said.
The Volkswagen emissions scandal broke our in mid-September when it was discovered that the German company had intentionally programmed their model year 2009 through 2015 turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engine so that standards nitrogen oxides emissions were met only during laboratory emissions testing. The emissions during driving were up to 40 times higher. An estimated eleven million cars worldwide are fitted with a defeat device that manipulated emissions tests.