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Solar power in Europe: Free trade or trade duties?

12 October, 2016 - Brussels, Belgium

EurActiv Events

Europe is the most solarised region in the world with 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power installed. Back in 2013, the European Commission imposed trade defence measures on solar modules and cells imported from China.

While module manufacturers welcomed the action, technology manufacturers and developers argued that such a move would drive up the cost of solar panels, leading to a slowdown in the deployment of the technology and job losses across the industry.

In December 2015, the European Commission announced a review of the measures. It is expected to make a decision by early 2017.

EurActiv Institute invites you to this high-level stakeholder workshop to discuss the trade duties on solar modules and cells imported  from  China. Questions will include:

  • Do trade measures limit the full potential of solar power in Europe?
  • Can the abolishing of trade duties create more jobs in Europe?
  • What outcomes can be expected from the review?


Dan Luca, Senior Director, EurActiv



James Crisp, News Editor, EurActiv


Confirmed speakers:

HE Ambassador Anders Ahnlid, Permanent Representative, Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU

HE Ambassador Marlene Bonnici, Permanent Representative, Maltese Permanent Representation to the EU TBC

Dr. Frank Hoffmeister, Head of Unit Anti-Circumvention, DG TRADE

Christofer Fjellner, MEP, Member of the Committee on International Trade

Dr. Stephan Singer, Senior Advisor Global Energy Policies, Climate Action Network International

Dr. James Watson, CEO, SolarPower Europe


To learn more about the event, please follow this link.



For further information, please contact Irene Marchi at

Please note that registration is compulsory to participate.