EC forgoes punitive duties but continues anti-subsidy investigation against Chinese importers


The European Commission said on Wednesday that it would not impose provisional measures in the anti-subsidy investigation of solar panels, cells and wafers originating in China.

The recent agreement on minimum import prices with China appears to have eased the EC's stance on possible anti-subsidy violations by the country's exporters.

"As any injury to the Union industry has already been removed, at the preliminary stage, by the provisional anti-dumping measures and the price undertaking on the same products, this decision does not have an impact on the protection of the Union industry against unfair trade practices," the Commission said, adding that the decision not to impose any provisional anti-subsidy measures did not prejudice any subsequent decision that may be taken at "the definitive stage of the proceeding."

The anti-subsidy investigation, launched in November following an EU industry complaint, is running parallel to the EC's anti-dumping investigation on solar panels.

While the Commission noted that it could decide to impose provisional anti-subsidy duties within a period of nine months, it said it would continue the investigation without provisional measures and work "actively on the case in order to arrive to definitive findings that are due at the end of this year."

The EC is also continuing the parallel anti-dumping investigation after it accepted a price undertaking by the Chinese exporting companies on Aug. 2, which followed the imposition of provisional duties on June 5. Commission experts are now analyzing comments and submissions received as part of investigation after the imposition of provisional measures. The agreement, announced on July 27, is based on the provisional anti-dumping duties and went into effect Aug. 6.

The Commission said it would disclose the findings after finalizing its analyses in both the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases to all interested parties for comments. The EC will issue definitive findings in both investigations after the submitted comments are analyzed and considered. The deadline for the imposition of definitive duties in both cases is Dec. 5.

The EC is also currently investigating anti-dumping and anti-subsidy allegations against imports of solar glass from China, one of the raw materials used in the production of solar panels, but it said that case was independent and not subject to findings in the solar panel cases.

The Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy (AFASE) welcomed the news, saying more provisional duties "would have led to further job losses and uncertainty in the European PV market."

However, the group expressed concern over the recent minimum price agreemement: "The current undertaking agreement of a price floor of €0.56 per watt for 7 GW per year will substantially jeopardize commercial rooftop installations in some member state markets and prevent large ground-mounted installations in many markets, particularly for those with a decreasing feed-in tariff in 2013-2015."

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.