London (CNN Business) The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU), has imposed a total of $ 1 billion in fines on German automakers Volkswagen (VW) and BMW. It turned out. It is said that the introduction of exhaust gas purification technology was delayed due to a collusion held with Daimler in the same industry. In a statement issued on the 8th, the European Commission announced that the above three companies and VW’s Audi and Porsche violated the competition laws and regulations set by the EU. It is said that it is a violation to agree to avoid competition in technological development related to nitrogen oxide removal. The sanctions relate to the actions of the five companies at the “regular technical meetings” held between 2009 and 2014. Among them, five companies were discussing the development of technology to reduce harmful nitrogen oxides emitted from diesel passenger cars. The European Commission said in a statement that despite the fact that there are technologies that can purify exhaust gas more than required by law, the five companies tried to curb competition without making the most of it. The breakdown of the fines is 502 million euros for VW (about 65.3 billion yen) and 373 million euros for BMW. Daimler was exempt from fines for providing information about the existence of the collusion. VW said it was considering whether to appeal the decision and said that technical cooperation between companies had never been considered a violation of competition law. He questioned the decision, arguing that the content of the talks had not been put into practice and that fines were imposed even though no actual harm was done to the customer. He also noted the complexity of the challenges facing the automotive industry today, noting that the European Commission’s guidelines for discussions between manufacturers can no longer be justified and need to be renewed.