The association currently represents more than 30,000 Spanish consumers affected

FACUA presents 10 demands to the Spanish government in relation to the Volkswagen fraud

The requests were presented in a letter to Prime Minister Rajoy and to the ministers for Industry, Health, Environment, Home affairs and the Economy.

FACUA presents 10 demands to the Spanish government in relation to the Volkswagen fraud

FACUA-Consumers in Action has presented its ten demands in relation to the Volkswagen emmissions fraud in a letter to the Spanish Prime Minister and five other Ministers of the Spanish Government. The association represents more than 30,000 Spanish consumers affected by this fraud.

FACUA’s Secretary General, Olga Ruiz, sent the letter (which you can read here in Spanish) to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the Ministers for Industry, Health, Environment, Home Affairs and Economy. FACUA, who demanded the Government abandon its passive stance on the scandal, have also sent their demands to the leaders of all the main political parties in Spain.

In the last few days, FACUA has filed complaints against the Volkswagen Group’s subsidiaries in Spain to the National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC, according to its initials in Spanish) and the seventeen regional consumer protection authorities, demanding that they initiate actions against Volkswagen-Audi and Seat that will lead to fines proportional to the size of the fraud (with around 700,000 affected vehicles sold in Spain).

As of 9am on Wednesday, the national platform set up by Facua for Spanish consumers affected by the Volkswagen fraud (#afectadosVolkswagen) counted 30,767 members. Owners of Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat vehicles affected by the scandal can join the platform on the web page FACUA.org/volkswagen.

The ten demands FACUA has presented to the Spanish Government are as follows:

1. The creation of an investigative commission involving representatives of Government ministries (Industry, Environment, Health, Home Affairs, Economy and Finance), the autonomous communities and civil society (in particular consumer and environmental organisations). In order to assess the scale of the fraud, as well as the possible punitive actions and regulatory changes to be brought into force at the national and European level, there is a need for intervention from the General Secretariat for Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, the State Secretariat for the Environment, the General Secretariat of Health and Consumer Affairs and the Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Security and Nutrition (Aecosan, according to its initials in Spanish), the traffic authority (DGT, according to its initials in Spanish) and the CNMC.

2. The creation of an investigative commission in Congress (the lower house of the Spanish legislature). The relevant Ministers should appear before this committee to account for their actions as well as the heads of the Volkswagen Group in Spain.

3. Relevant Ministers to appear before the plenary of the Consumers and Users Council (CCU, according to its initials in Spanish), the national body made up of representatives of consumer associations.

4. Coordinated action from the General Secretariat of Health of the Ministry of Health and the institutions, agencies and regional Directorate-Generals for consumer affairs in order to monitor the ameliorative measures put in place by Volkswagen, address complaints from affected consumers and implement sanctitive actions against consumer fraud.

5. The CNMC to open an inquiry to determine whether the Law on Protection of Competition has been violated and if necessary impose appropriate sanctions.

6. Monitoring of the protocols for the recall of vehicles that the Volkswagen Group intends to undertake for cars affected by the fraud, in order to assess the adequacy of the modifications made and any potential consequences, including whether these result in loss of vehicle performance.

7. The implementation of an inspection protocol for monitoring the actual emissions and performance of vehicles affected by the fraud, in order to identify any irregularities caused and allow consumers to recover damages.

8. The Government of Spain to demand that the Volkswagen Group asume full responsibility for addressing damages caused to consumers, facilitating expeditious procedures and channels for the filing and processing of claims.

9. Adoption of an annual inspection plan for the automotive industry in order to verify that vehicles comply with emission levels, power, fuel consumption and other standards claimed by manufacturers or regulated by law.

10. Preparation of a study assessing the environmental impact caused by excess emissions from cars affected by the fraud in Spain, as well as the impact on consumer health.

 

-Join the National Platform of People Affected by the Volkswagen Fraud (#afectadosVolkswagen in Spanish).