The European Commission announced that the anti-dumping and anti-subsidies introduced on Chinese solar products in 2013 will be temporaly extended. In a paper published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the Commission stated that the duties will remain in force for a maximum period of 15 months, during which the Commission itself will do a second investigation into the matter. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has now issued a statement to protest against this measure as the reminiscent duties are actually damaging both Chinese companies active in the sector that the European ones. Last September, the association of European PV PROSUN EU had asked the European Commission to renew the duties in question. In May, for that matter, EU PROSUN had already formally requested the EC to start a second anti-dumping investigation on Chinese solar imports. The association takes the view that European manufacturers have made supplies to Europe to other countries prior to import into the European Union, bypassing in this way the minimum prices imposed by the European Commission.