Solar-panel makers widen China battle

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Series Details 26.7.12
Publication Date 26/07/2012
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European solar panel manufacturers have filed a complaint to the European Commission against China on the 25 July 2012 after months of lobbying by Germany’s SolarWorld. The complaint also enjoys the formal backing of more than 20 other European manufacturers, who have formed a coalition known as EU ProSun.

The complaint accuses Chinese manufacturers of selling their products below cost – a practice known as 'dumping' – in order to take over more than 70% of the EU market, and demands punitive tariffs.

Chinese officials had already warned their EU counterparts that they would hit back if the Commission went forward with the complaint.

European opponents of the case have also stepped up their own lobbying. The European companies that install panels – and benefit from cheaper Chinese products – have formed a coalition known as the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy (Afase).

The European Commission had 45 days to decide if it will start an investigation.

Related Links
ESO: Background information: Solar industry pushing for anti-dumping case against China
Website: Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy (Afase)
AFASE: Press Release, 25.7.12: AFASE Warns Against the Introduction of Punitive Tariffs in the EU
Reuters, 25.7.12: China solar firms say EU complaint signals trade war
EurActiv, 26.7.12: China's solar firms call for trade war over European challenge
European Commission; DG Trade: Tackling unfair trade: trade defence: Anti-dumping
EUObserver, 28.7.12: China-EU trade war looms over solar energy industry
EurActiv, 3.8.12: China hits back on EU solar trade case
EurActiv, 3.9.12: Merkel seeks Chinese concessions in solar row

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