News Digest Item
21 Oct 2016

“Environment ministry did not know about illegal defeat devices”


As early as 2007-08, there were suspicions within the federal environment ministry about the possibility of manipulating emissions control systems, but representatives denied knowledge of illegal defeat devices, according to the German federal parliament (Bundestag). In a hearing of a Bundestag inquiry committee, Jochen Flasbarth, former president of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) said that he had not known about manipulating software until Volkswagen’s confession in 2015.

Read the article in German here.

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