In Europe, anti-dumping and countervailing duties have been in place on imported solar panels and cells from China since 2012. While the EU and China arrived at an agreement to introduce a ‘Minimum Import Price’ (MIP), a set price and an annual quota on Chinese solar products, the dispute is now past its fifth year and is the largest trade case, in terms of value, that the EU is currently prosecuting against China.
In 2015, SolarPower Europe, the only association for the solar sector at the European level, decided to call for the removal of the measures. This was a unanimous decision of the Board, including European panel manufacturers as it was agreed that this would support an increased demand for solar in Europe. Removing the duties would also be a boost for a sector that has seen declining rates of solar installation and jobs in Europe over the past 5 years.