Moscow. November 13. German car, the Volkswagen group offers its employees share with management information pertaining to “diesel” scandal, promising that it will not have negative consequences, writes the newspaper the Wall Street Journal.
American and European regulators require from the Volkswagen quick explanation of how and why the company had falsified environmental tests, underestimating the emissions in cars with diesel engines.
Agency for environmental protection (EPA) of the USA found violations almost two months ago, but the German automaker still could not provide a clear explanation of how it happened, and labeling responsible for falsifying data of persons, despite the promise to conduct a thorough investigation.
“We depend on the information available to you, our employees, in carrying out a full analysis of all events associated with the diesel scandal,” said Herbert Diss, head of the Volkswagen brand, appeal to the state.
Staff given until 30 November to provide “complete and truthful” information concerning this case, in the framework of domestic investigations carried out by law firm Jones Day, writes the WSJ.
Those who respond before this date, “nothing to fear any consequences for their work in the company, for example, dismissal or recognition of their responsibility for the damage” and promised Diss.
Volkswagen, however, reserves the right to transfer the employee to another job or change his responsibilities in the case, if he will report on his direct involvement in the violations. The company also warned that it will not be able to influence the decision of the Prosecutor’s office of Germany, which can bring criminal charges against employees involved in fraud.
An internal investigation into Volkswagen launched on September 22.
In September it became known that in diesel engines, model EA 189 Volkswagen was installed, which allowed to reduce the recorded amount of pollutants emitted into the atmosphere during the tests. In connection with this, Volkswagen is going to recall about 11 million vehicles. In addition, the company offers the fines of government agencies in many countries and hundreds of trials in the private sector.
Earlier this month, several employees of Volkswagen admitted fraud by underreporting of emissions in diesel engines. According to the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, the company’s engineers deliberately went for deception, unable by legitimate means to achieve the ambitious goals of VW CEO Martin Winterkorn who resigned after this scandal.