Anti-dumping: final vote on new rules to protect EU jobs and industry
MEPs will vote on new rules to fight dumped and subsidised imports from third countries.
The aim is to counter unfair trade practices by third countries which interfere heavily in the economy. An informal agreement by MEPs and Council negotiators was reached on 3 October, but needs the approval of the full House to enter into force.
EU trade rules require trade partners and producers outside the EU to meet international labour and environmental standards and as such are unique in the world.
MEPs also made sure that EU firms will not have to provide any additional proof that their third- country rivals are dumping goods on the EU market, and that anti-dumping cases will take account of the economic and trade needs of EU small and medium-sized enterprises. Furthermore, EU trade unions will have the possibility to give input to decisions on trade defence measures.
EU jobs and firms have great difficulty in competing with cut-price imports from third countries that have excess production capacity and subsidised economies, mainly in the steel, aluminium, bicycles, cement, chemicals, ceramics, glass, paper and solar panels industries.
The new rules would enable the EU to respond to such unfair trade practices by targeting imports where prices are not market-based, due to state interference.
MEPs are also negotiating further plans to update the EU’s “trade defence instruments” with a view to raising tariffs against dumped or subsidised imports from countries that do not interfere extensively in the economy.
Procedure: Co-decision, first reading with agreement
Debate: Tuesday, 14 November
Vote: Wednesday, 15 November
Press conference: Wednesday, 15 November at 16.00 with rapporteur Salvatore Cicu (EPP, IT) and committee chair Bernd Lange (S&D, DE)