Altmaier made clear he considers the anti-dumping lawsuit of the European Commission against Chinese dumping as legitimate.
"The proceeding at the EU Commission has been controversial from the beginning. There are German companies, too, which profit from the Chinese solar boom, especially the mechanical engineering companies. They fear it could harm the relations with Chinese companies.
"And some German suppliers and component manufacturers, like Wacker Chemie for example, oppose such a proceeding as well," the minister told Europressedienst.
"Nevertheless, my point of view was, and still is, that the German solar industry should have the opportunity for an impartial review of the accusations. Particularly, because a similar process was already conducted in the United States."
The procedure has already been opened. From Altmaier's perspective, it is largely formalized. Therefore, the chances of political influence are rather low. The decision of the European Commission is expected in July.
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