There is a vast and growing opposition to the trade measures in Europe, from solar companies, NGO’s, to Members of European Parliament and EU Member States.
In January 2017, 18 EU Member States voted to reject the Commission’s proposal to extend the trade measures for 2 years on anti-dumping measures. This was the first time in EU trade history that a trade case went to the new Appeal Committee procedure. In February 2017, the European Commission announced that they would phase out the trade measures by September 2018.
Even though the Commission has committed to ‘gradually phase out the measures’ there are no guarantees that this will transpire in September 2018. Much will depend on the work of the services of DG Trade in the interim period.
SolarPower Europe is leading a EU-wide campaign to remove the solar trade measure in Europe.