Ref. Ares(2018)1388792 - 13/03/2018
Ref. Ares(2018)2894538 - 04/06/2018
Read-out of the meeting between Cabinets and VW Group, 1st march 2018
Mr. Christof-S. Klitz, Head of EU Office of the Volkswagen Group
CAB-KATAINEN: Grzegorz RADZIEJEWSKI
CAB-BIENKOWSKA: Carsten BERMIG
Current status VW recall in EU 28 member states and further envisaged actions
VW informed that the current recall rate is 77% across Europe (around 4 mln cars), but that it
is confident that it "may exceed
" 80% very soon. It underlines that there are significant
differences between MS which have a mandatory system (on average ca 80%) and those with
a voluntary one (ca 60%). In DE the recall rate has reached 92%; VW informed that it is
actively working with the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) network and that it is
implementing the Trust-building measure. They focus their effort in particular on the
COM informed VW of Member States' obligation to recall all non-compliant VW-group cars
from the market (i.e. to reach a 100% recall) and reiterated that it is determined to take the
necessary steps to ensure that all Member States together with VW reach this target.
Urban Access Regulations
In view of the most recent decisions in urban cases in DE, VW explained that it's fully
committed to improvement of air quality but would have preferred a general framework of
EU rules rather than a patchwork of local urban access rules throughout the EU. VW recalled
its participation and financial contribution to the DE-wide fund supporting investment in low
emission cars and traffic management in cities.
COM underlined that the principle of subsidiarity makes any attempt to regulate urban
access at EU level rather tricky. It seems likely that local authorities would need to cooperate
with one another, e.g. making use of the dense cities network. The urban access regulations
have every potential to end up strengthening the case towards more clean mobility.
EU Commission’s Battery initiative
COM informed about the details of the ongoing initiative and asked for VW views in this
VW supports the Commission initiative on batteries and has actively participated in Battery
Alliance meetings but informed that it has not yet taken a definitive decision in terms of
participation. VW noted that an important DE industrial player had decided to stop all its
R&D in this area considering that Asia was too much ahead.
Implementation Volkswagen’s electrification initiative “Roadmap e”
VW expected 2019 to be the year of the uptake of e-mobility; but, beyond a strategy for
batteries, VW calls for the deployment of infrastructure of electric cars (and to look at
impressive developments in China) throughout the EU (not just rich MS like NL, but also less
affluent ones, like BG and RO). VW pleads for future 9th Framework Programme (FP9)
support in this area.
VW apologised for animal testing that it claims does not meet VW own ethical standards
VW informed that it is going through all its R&D projects to check that they meet the highest