Anti-dumping: more robust rules to defend EU industry and jobs 

Parliament will soon start talks with national governments on new draft anti-dumping rules, if MEPs agree.

The new rules are designed to better protect EU industry and jobs against unfair trade practices from non-EU countries in which there is a heavy state interference in the economy.

International Trade MEPs recently approved a draft negotiating mandate proposing that an exporting country’s fiscal, social and environmental standards need to be taken into account when assessing its trade practices, and that there should be no additional burden of proof on EU companies in anti‑dumping cases, on top of the current procedure. 

Parliament will start negotiations on this file with EU ministers, if there are no objections at the July plenary session in Strasbourg.


Quick Facts

EU jobs and businesses have been under immense pressure due to China’s excess production capacity and subsidised economy, especially in the steel sector. MEPs urged the Commission to counter unfair competition from China in a way that complies with WTO rules in a resolution in May 2016. Broader plans to update the EU’s “trade defence instruments”, with a view to raising tariffs against dumped or subsidised imports, are currently being negotiated with national governments.

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure