EU member states reject solar trade duties

More than half of the Member States of the EU voted against extending the solar trade measures
More than half of the Member States of the EU voted against extending the solar trade measures

On January 26th, 2017 in a meeting of the EU Member States trade experts, the European Commission's proposal to extend trade measures on photovoltaic (PV) panels and solar cells imported from China, Taiwan and Malaysia was defeated.

More than half the Member States of the EU voted against extending the measures and instead for the first time in history the proposal of the Commission is subject to an appeal from the Member States, SolarPower Europe (Brussels) reports.

This process, whilst never used before, is likely to put increased pressure on DG Trade to change their position.

“We have been campaigning for the end of these trade measures for the last 18 months, and are pleased that the Member States have sent a strong rebuke to DG Trade for not taking account of the interests of the European solar industry,” stated Oliver Schaefer, President of SolarPower Europe.

“We hope that the Commission will now review their proposal and through the appeal process substantially revise their approach.”

James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe, added: “We must thank all the European solar associations, who took part in achieving this historic result. This decision of the Member States reminds DG Trade that they must be more considerate of the solar jobs and investments that they have threatened across the EU with a proposal to extend these measures.”

 

2017-01-27 | Courtesy: SolarPower Europe | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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