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Parliamentary questions
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7 August 2019
P-002220/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-002220/2019

The Commission is currently reviewing the safeguard measures on steel with a view to determining whether, in light of market developments, an adjustment of the tariff-rate quota will be necessary. At present, Commission services are conducting a technical analysis of the 200 submissions received from interested parties.

As foreseen by the regulation imposing definitive measures(1), quotas for the period 1 July 2019 — 30 June 2020 have been increased by 5%. In accordance with World Trade Organisation rules, the measures must be progressively liberalised after the first year they are in force. However, the level of liberalisation could be adjusted, should this be considered appropriate once the results of the investigation are known.

The Commission is taking the concerns of Member States, Members of the European Parliament and the Union steel producers very seriously and is committed to reviewing the measures to make sure they sufficiently protect the EU steel industry.

The Commission advanced the initiation of the review by six weeks, in order to implement any possible changes earlier than originally foreseen. Furthermore, the Commission has always stood ready to meet with the steel industry.

Commission services have regularly updated Member States and have updated Members of the European Parliament by replying to the letters received and addressing questions in the framework of the International Trade (INTA) Committee.

The investigation is progressing well and is now reaching its final phase. The Commission will notify its findings by mid-August 2019. Member States will be consulted on the proposal at the beginning of September 2019, with a view to having any adjustments, if deemed necessary, in place by 1 October 2019.

(1)OJ L 31, 1.2.2019, p.27.

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