The World Trade Organization (WTO) Safeguards Committee Meeting held on April 23 conducted the first hearing into India’s safeguard measures on imported solar PV cells and modules coming from China PR and Malaysia.
“It was only a short discussion and the WTO has nothing to comment or take decision as of now,” a WTO official told pv magazine. However, at the meeting, the European Union (EU) stated that safeguard measures should only be imposed under exceptional circumstances, particularly if the imports causing problems come predominantly from one source.
The EU said added that India’s injury analysis on imported solar cells is inconclusive and its causal analysis doubtful; and said that injury to other domestic producers must be assessed. It further outlined that India’s actions will create serious domestic shortages and even risk the environment. Therefore, the government must take conclusive and responsible action.