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EU continues investigation on solar panels from China

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Solar panelsThe European Commission will not impose provisional measures in the anti-subsidy proceeding concerning solar panels, cells and wafers originating in the People's Republic of China.

The anti-subsidy investigation is running parallel to the EU's anti-dumping investigation on solar panels and was initiated on 8 November 2012 upon a complaint by the Union industry. The European Commission can, within a period of 9 months, decide to impose provisional anti-subsidy duties.

However in this case, the investigation will continue without provisional measures and the Commission will continue working actively on the case in order to arrive to definitive findings that are due at the end of this year.

As any injury to the Union industry has already been removed, at the preliminary stage, by the provisional anti-dumping measures and the price undertaking on the same products, this decision does not have an impact on the protection of the Union industry against unfair trade practices.

The decision not to impose any provisional anti-subsidy measures does however not prejudice any subsequent decision which may be taken at the definitive stage of this proceeding.

When the Commission finalises its analyses in both the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases, the findings will be disclosed to all interested parties for comments. When the comments submitted are fully analysed and considered, the Commission will issue definitive findings in both investigations. The deadline for the imposition of definitive duties in both cases is 5 December 2013.

The Commission also currently conducts an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation concerning imports of solar glass from China, one of the raw materials used in the production of solar panels. This case is however independent and is not subject to findings in the solar panel cases.

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