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EU calls on Italy to apply sanctions for diesel emission fraud devices

BRUSSELS, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – The European Commission on Thursday called on Italy to apply sanctions for the use of banned devices to manipulate vehicle emissions, stepping up an infringement case against Rome opened in May 2017.

Four years ago, the EU executive launched a lawsuit against Italy for failing to control allegations of emissions test fraud by Fiat Chrysler, which is now part of Stellantis. (STLA.MI)

Stellantis and the Italian Transport Ministry were not immediately available for comment.

The Commission said it had asked Italy to explain its failure to comply with its obligation to apply emission rules based on European regulations.

According to the regulation, Member States are required to establish and implement rules on penalties for the use of so-called banned deactivation devices that hamper the effectiveness of emission control systems, resulting in higher emissions for the vehicles.

The Commission said Italy had ordered a mandatory recall of the affected vehicles, but had not applied any sanctions.

Italy now has two months to respond and take the necessary measures, failing which the Commission could decide to refer the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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