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EPIA calls for free and fair trade between Europe and China

Speaking at the 9th SNEC International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai on 28 April, European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) president Oliver Schaefer outlined the body’s new position on the solar modules and cells trade case between China and the EU.

Hesaid that the EPIA is a strong supporter of free and fair trade and it would like to see solar modules and cells trade relations between Europe and China return to normal, undistorted, fair trade as soon as possible when the duties and respective price undertaking expire in 2015.

Since December 2013, anti-dumping and countervailing duties have been applied in Europe on crystalline silicon modules and cells originating in or consigned from China.

The duties and MIP are due to expire in December 2015.

Mr Schaefer said European duties on Chinese solar products, and the associated price undertaking, are a likely factor in the slowdown in annual growth of installations in Europe.

He said the EPIA board has agreed this position, as they believe a return to a level playing field will help solar power in Europe to grow and support the European electricity market in achieving its challenging emission reduction goals.

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