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Parliamentary questions
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21 December 2016
Question for written answer E-009684-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Paul Rübig (PPE)

 Subject:  European import duties on Chinese solar panels
 Answer in writing 

The Commission is currently undertaking an expiry review of European import duties on Chinese solar panels and solar cells. By way of retaliation, at the same time China is reviewing the import duties it imposes on European polysilicon.

As the current EU import duties have not slowed down the decline of the European solar industry, but on the contrary have hastened it, a significant majority of the European solar sector’s value chain — not only producers of upstream products but also, and in particular, fitters of solar products, which are all SMEs — are in favour of abolishing these duties. These market participants, taken together, account for more than 70% of the European solar industry.

— What measures does the Commission envisage to ensure that due attention is paid to this EU interest?— What precautionary measures are being or have been taken by the Commission to improve the protection of the affected European firms in China in future?— Continuing to impose import duties on solar products would lead to an escalation of the solar industry dispute with China, particularly affecting SMEs in Europe and European firms in China. What options has the Commission considered to resolve the dispute with China on the trade in solar products?

Original language of question: DE 
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