Traders and manufacturers fear being priced out of the market after the EU allowed cheap imports of solar panels, wafers and cells from China, as of Monday.
Arguing this decision had been taken in the best interests of the EU as a whole, the European Commission added the need for restrictions, first introduced in 2013, had been decreasing over time.
Solar technology had become cheaper over the last five years, meaning imports were more aligned to European market prices, the commission said.
But the decision hasn’t been welcomed by European producers and companies.
It jeopardises a heritage of 30 years of technological development undertaken by the EU’s solar manufacturing industry and severely damages 40 manufacturing companies
Milan Nitzschke, the president of EU ProSun
EU ProSun, the grouping of EU solar panels producers, said European manufacturers would be devastated when the measures end.
Milan Nitzschke, the president of the group, said: “While other big markets such as the US, India, Canada, or Turkey are implementing strict measures against being flooded by dumped Chinese produced solar modules, the EU is going to terminate its existing anti-dumping measures and throwing open the doors to its market.
“To reject the legitimate request of the EU industry for an expiry review violates basic EU trade defence law.
“But, most of all, it jeopardises a heritage of 30 years of technological development undertaken by the EU’s solar manufacturing industry and severely damages 40 manufacturing companies operating in 17 European member states.
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