Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson (S) said in Dagens Nyheter on Thursday that the Ministry of Finance had begun to look at how many emissions-rigged Volkswagen cars had been incorrectly classed as green cars, to see if the government had paid out subsidies on false grounds. The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) has also said it is analysing the matter to see if Sweden can claim damages of the carmaker.
However, green car classification is based solely on carbon emissions. In the case of the Volkswagen scandal, the diesel cars emit nitrogen dioxide, so there would appear to be very little opportunity for Sweden to pursue the case, says the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen).
Meanwhile, the European Investment Bank may ask Volkswagen to pay back loans equivalent to some SKr 17 billion. Much of the money has gone to research aimed at developing cleaner engines.