European Investment Bank suspects VW fraud in Dieselgate scandal

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© AFP/File | Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 that it installed software devices in 11 million diesel-engine cars worldwide that reduced emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides when it detected the vehicle was undergoing tests

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The European Investment Bank said Tuesday it suspected Volkswagen may have fraudulently secured a loan of 400 million euros to develop technology used to cheat EU emissions tests.

EIB chief President Werner Hoyer said the bank was reviewing the conclusions of a probe by the EU’s anti-fraud office OLAF into whether the German automaker used the loan to make the “defeat device” in the so-called Dieselgate scandal.

He added that the Luxembourg-based EIB had suspended business ties with VW and is not considering any new loans to the automaker.

“We are very disappointed at what is asserted by the OLAF investigation, namely that the EIB was misled by VW about the use of…

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