European Union antitrust regulators filed charges today against Daimler, BMW and the Volkswagen Group, accusing them of colluding to block the rollout of emissions-cleaning technology. The European Commission stated that it has already sent statements of objections to the automakers setting out the charges. This takes place nearly two years after authorities carried out raids at their headquarters. If found guilty, the companies could face massive fines. Apparently, the collusion occurred between 2006 and 2014, and took place during the automakers’ technical meetings, reports Autonews Europe. “Daimler, VW and BMW may have broken EU competition rules. As a result, European consumers may have been denied the opportunity to buy cars with the best available technology,” stated European Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager. Authorities are focusing on selective catalytic reduction systems that use an injection of urea to reduce harmful nitrogen oxide emissions in diesel cars (AdBlue). Concerns were also brought up about a potential collusion on “Otto” filters that reduce harmful particulate emissions on gasoline-powered models. Strangely enough it was Daimler who alerted the regulator about this collusion, although the Stuttgart-based brand didn’t expect to be fined as a result of bringing the information to their attention. As of right now, BMW and VW couldn’t be reached for a comment. As for how much the three automakers could be fined, apparently it could be as high as 10 percent of their global turnover, which is by no means a slap on the wrist.