Only two ministers for car industry affairs in Europe reacted positively to the European Commission’s invitations to attend a “Diesel Summit”, according to information made available, which confirmed that only representatives from Luxembourg and Romania had agreed to be in attendance after 15 EU members were invited by the Polish-born Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs,  Elzbieta Bienkowska.
The lukewarm response forced the European Commission to cancel the event at a ministerial level and instead invite lower-level civil servants from all 28 EU countries.
The meeting, according to the Commission, will be rescheduled for the first half of 2019, under the Romanian rotating presidency and be a part of the European Commission’s work to improve air quality in Europe and its efforts to address the emissions scandal known as “Dieselgate”.
The 2015 Dieselgate Scandal saw Volkswagen Group caught installing “cheating devices” in millions of diesel-powered cars that would activate their emissions controls only during laboratory emissions testing, which caused the vehicles’ NOx output to meet US standards during regulatory testing, but in fact emitted up to 40 times more NOx when the cars were driven.