The European Commission announced that it will reduce the period of application of trade measures on solar panels and cells imported from China, Malaysia and Taiwan.
Commenting James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe, stated ‘As expected following the pressure exerted on the Commission by the Member States, it has decided to prolong the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures for 18 months. We consider this an improvement as the Commission’s original proposal was a 24 months extension of the duties.’
Kristina Thoring, Political Communications Advisor at SolarPower Europe, added ‘The Commission has also agreed to a gradual phase out of the measures. However, we now want to see the Commission live up to its word and move to a trade measures free solar future at the end of the 18 month period.’
In December 2013, the EU imposed anti-dumping and countervailing duties on modules and cells from China. These duties were applicable until December 2015. In parallel, the EU accepted the price undertaking agreement submitted by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME). In December 2015, the Commission launched an expiry review into the measures and must settle the case by early March 2017.