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EU wins powers on new cars after VW diesel scandal

The EU gained new powers Thursday to spot-check vehicles and fine automakers under tougher rules agreed after the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. The European Commission, the European Parliament and the 28 member states of the European Council said they reached agreement to tighten the rules "for safer and cleaner cars" following nearly two years of negotiations. "I welcome that the key elements of our proposal have been upheld, including real EU oversight and enforcement powers," said Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European commissioner for industry.
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