Solar duties to harm EU: Danish trade minister
Updated: 2013-07-27 13:10
"It's clear for us that the ongoing trade defense case will harm the relations with China," and, "this will also be, for sure, against the interests of the EU," Pia Olsen Dyhr told Xinhua by phone.
"When using an anti-dumping mechanism, you have to prove two things, not just politically but also legally. First, you have to demonstrate that there is dumping, and then, the dumping is against the EU's interests," she said.
As far as the solar panel case is concerned, no matter whether there is so-called "dumping" by Chinese producers, the European Commission has not actually proven that this is against the EU's interests, she said.
The European Commission on June 4 decided to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of solar panels, cells and wafers from China.
Starting from June 6, EU imports of Chinese solar products were subject to a punitive duty of 11.8 percent until Aug 6, from when on, the duty will be raised to 47.6 percent if the two sides can not sort out the dispute through negotiation.
Due to its "disastrous" impacts on jobs and business along the EU's photovoltaic (PV) industry value chain, the European Commission's decision has triggered widespread opposition from EU member states and solar firms.
A total of 18 EU member states including Denmark voted against the European Commission's proposal to impose preliminary anti-dumping duties on imported Chinese solar products in late May, according to sources.
Earlier this month, over 30 business leaders representing over 740 European solar companies said in a hearing in the European Commission that the anti-dumping duties have already led to order cancellations and job cuts.
The punitive tariffs would cause a remarkable shrinking demand for solar installations and services in the EU's solar industry, thus creating job losses, a study by the independent economic institute Prognos showed earlier this year.