Fabian Demicoli

European Commission continues anti-subsidy investigation on solar panels from China without duties

The European Commission will not impose provisional measures
in the anti-subsidy proceeding concerning solar panels, cells and wafers
originating in the People's Republic of China. The anti-subsidy investigation
is running parallel to the EU's anti-dumping investigation on solar panels and
was initiated on 8 November 2012 upon a complaint by the Union industry.

European Commission can, within a period of 9 months, decide to impose
provisional anti-subsidy duties. However in this case, the investigation will
continue without provisional measures and the Commission will continue working
actively on the case in order to arrive to definitive findings that are due at
the end of this year.

As any injury to the Union industry has already been
removed, at the preliminary stage, by the provisional anti-dumping measures and
the price undertaking on the same products, this decision does not have an
impact on the protection of the Union industry against unfair trade practices.
The decision not to impose any provisional anti-subsidy measures does however
not, in any event, prejudice any subsequent decision which may be taken at the
definitive stage of this proceeding.

When the Commission finalises its analyses in both the
anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases, the findings will be disclosed to all
interested parties for comments. When the comments submitted are fully analysed
and considered, the Commission will issue definitive findings in both
investigations. The deadline for the imposition of definitive duties in both
cases is 5 December 2013.


The Commission also currently conducts an anti-dumping
and anti-subsidy investigation concerning imports of solar glass from China,
one of the raw materials used in the production of solar panels. This case is
however independent and is not subject to findings in the solar panel cases.



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