Merkel calls for continuation of MIP

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According to Reuters, Angela Merkel has weighed into the ongoing solar trade dispute during a trip to China. She is quoted as saying she hoped the rules relating to MIPs and import duties on PV products coming into the EU from China will be extended. She also called for protection against unfair competition in the steel industry.

Merkel has said she will support China’s case for obtaining market economy status in the EU. If China were granted this status, it would be much more difficult to take action against dumping. "China must do its duties," before this happens, however, reports Reuters further.

The so-called undertaking – MIPs and set import volumes for Chinese solar PV manufacturers shipping products to Europe – has been valid in the EU since the end of 2013. Manufacturers, which have either violated the regulations in place, or which do not accept them, are charged anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties averaging 47% on any goods imported into the EU.

The SolarWorld-led EU ProSun has called for an expiry review of the undertaking. The EU Commission in Brussels has until December 7 to decide if it will open a procedure. If it is opened, MIPs, import restrictions and existing duties would continue to apply. Meanwhile, many others, including 14 Members of the European Parliament, the Solar Alliance for Europe (SAFE) and Wacker Chemie, have called for an end to the measures.

Translated and edited from pv magazine Deutschland by Becky Beetz