BMW, Daimler and VW are again accused of cartel collusion.April 7, 2019
The European Commission assumes that the big German cars intends to agree to curb the development of environmental technologies from 2006 to 2014. This was stated by the press service of the EC.
The European Commission sent a preliminary opinion to BMW, Daimler and VW, and also issued an official statement. In the document, three German concerns are accused of deliberate collusion, which implies restriction of competition in environmental technologies. Companies have suspended the development and implementation of tools to reduce the amount of emissions of modern cars. Now it is assumed that the conspiracy was in force for eight years from 2006 to 2014.
“The European Commission sent BMW, Daimler and VW a preliminary conclusion that from 2006 to 2014 they cooperated to restrict competition in the development of cleaning technology [exhaust gases] of gasoline and diesel engines,” the document says.
The EC noted that companies can always cooperate to improve their products. However, European standards and laws prohibit any company from negotiating to halt product improvement and stop useful competition.
Now the European Commission expects companies to respond to the claims made to them. Finally, the degree of guilt of companies will determine the antitrust investigation, which is currently underway.
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