European operators of PV demand the elimination of EU duties on Chinese products. The industry association SolarPower Europe together with 20 national associations from 19 European countries (including the Italian assoRinnovabili), have in fact sent a letter (attached below) to the EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, who asked not to renew the provisional anti-dumping and anti-subsidies and the mechanism “Minimum Import Price” for modules and cells imported from China due on 7 December.
The duties were introduced at the end of 2013 and has since PV installations in Europe have fallen significantly, thus adding just 7 GW in 2014, denounced the associations, that the return to normal of trade with Beijing “will improve the entire chain value of the European Solar, including the production of plants, components, materials, inverter “. The elimination of duties, it is argued, will also lead to an increase in jobs and significant benefits for consumers.
Rather than curbing imports from China, underline associations, Europe should ensure high quality and innovation of solar systems, setting stringent standards and technical requirements and environmental performance.
The letter is signed by SolarPower Europe and associations of Italy, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary and Slovenia. Overall, the associations represent more than 80% of the European solar sector, detects a note of the signatories.