European Union begins anti-dumping probe on solar glass from China
AFPBRUSSELS--The European Commission launched an anti-dumping probe Thursday targeting Chinese exports of solar glass following a complaint filed earlier this month by European manufacturers.
March 1, 2013, 12:26 am TWN
The probe, the latest move in a long-running dispute between the EU and China over solar panel technology, could last 15 months, the European Commission said in a statement.
Though solar glass is an essential component of solar panels, the investigation has no direct link with a probe on imports of solar panels launched by the European Commission in September.
“It is a stand-alone investigation concerning a clearly distinct product,” statement added.
Solar glass is a special glass used mainly, but not exclusively, for the production of solar panels. The EU solar glass market is valued at less than 200 million euros.
The investigation is based on a complaint lodged by EU ProSun Glass, an association which groups EU players in the sector and which claims solar glass from China is being dumped in the European Union at prices below market value, thus causing material injury to the EU industry.
The European Commission said it was aware of media reports about a possible anti-subsidy complaint regarding solar glass from China, but stated that “at this stage, we can only state that we have not received such a complaint.”