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September 4, 2018
EU cancels trade defence measures on solar panels from China
The European Union (EU) started imposing definitive anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on solar panels from China in December 2013.
On August 31 the European Commission announced that it decided, after considering the needs of both producers and those using or importing solar panels, it was in the best interests of the EU as a whole to let the measures lapse. This decision also takes into account the EU's new renewable energy targets.
The level of the measures had gradually decreased over time to allow the prices of the imports into the EU to align progressively with world market prices.
The Commission observed that the market situation has not changed to the extent that this would justify a further extension of the measures now beyond the scheduled 18 months. It therefore rejected the EU industry's request for an expiry review investigation.
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