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The European Commission has decided on May 8 to impose import duties on Chinese solar panels in a move which aims to curb China's dominance of the market. The decision, while meant to protect European producers against cheap imports, could risk disappointing China.
Chinese solar panel producers could face import tariffs of up to 68% in the European Union, with tariffs that will vary from 37% to 67.9% and is probable to come into effect by June. EU commissioners supported EU trade chief Karel De Gucht's proposal to levy the provisional duties by June 6 and make Chinese solar exports less attractive. A Chinese solar panel manufacturer responded with anxiety to the European Commission's announcement of new tariffs on China's solar companies starting in June.
The investigation is the biggest the Commission has ever launched, although Brussels is trying to tread a careful path, as they needs China which is the EU's second largest trading partner, to help exit from recession. Trade specialists from all the European Union countries will be meet on May 15 in Brussels, and are probable to support the decision, even if their position is non-binding. The EU duties will come into effect once the Commission will publish the decision in its Official Journal. Chinese solar panel production increased significantly between 2009 and 2011, with EU producers declaring that Chinese companies have captured more than 80 % of the European market, exporting 21 billion euros ($27 billion) to the European Union in 2011.
According to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association in 2012, Germany was the world's biggest market, followed by China, Italy and the United States with Germany that has installed more solar panels than any other country in 2012, at 7.6 GW of newly connected systems, while China has installed 5 GW. [emp 10.05.2013]