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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne arrives in the paddocks before the third free practice session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 5, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi Picture Supplied by Action Images

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission launched legal action against Italy on Wednesday for failing to respond to allegations of emission-test cheating by Fiat Chrysler, in a procedure that could lead to the country being taken to court.

"The Commission decided today to send a letter of formal notice asking Italy to respond to concerns about insufficient action taken regarding the emission control strategies employed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group (FCA)," the Commission said in a statement.

Italy now has two months to respond. The Commission may eventually decide to take the country to court if it is not satisfied with the answer.

(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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