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Parliamentary questions
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26 April 2013
Answer given by Mr De Gucht on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002027/2013

Through Commission Regulation 182/2013 of 1 March 2013(1), the Commission has indeed introduced the registration of imports of solar panels, cells and wafers from China as of 5 March 2013. Registration serves to ensure that national customs in the EU keep track of the volumes of such imported products and deals with a plausible threat of massive imports and/or stockpiling prior to the possible imposition of duties. Registration is in line with the World Trade Organisation rules. In fact in some third countries registration is automatic in all investigations. EU legislation which regulates anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations foresees the possibility of registration and the retroactive application of duties up to 90 days before provisional measures. The latter might be imposed around 6 June 2013. Whether to apply any duty retroactively will be decided at the definitive stage of the investigations, should definitive measures be imposed, by 6 December 2013. At this stage of the proceedings, the Commission cannot anticipate whether duties will be imposed and at which level, or whether duties will indeed be applied retroactively.

The impact of possible measures (including possible job losses) on the downstream (mainly solar panels installers) and upstream (machinery and raw material producers) markets as well as on the Union producers of solar panels is currently being analysed based, inter alia, on the information submitted by these parties.

(1)Commission Regulation (EU) No 182/2013 of 1 March 2013 making imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells and wafers) originating in or consigned from the People’s Republic of China subject to registration, OJ L 61, 5.3.2013.

OJ C 372 E, 19/12/2013
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