The Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the European Parliament has criticised the European Commission (EC) for moving too slowly to reach a decision on Chinese solar imports.
According to the INTA, the current negative climate in the European PV industry requires urgent action in order to further its development, claims news portal Le Moniteur du Commerce International. On officially launching its investigation earlier this month, the EC has set a provisional deadline of 5 August 2013.
However, a recent survey by EuPD Research revealed that just 44% of 875 installers from Germany, Italy, the UK and France were in favour of launching an investigation of Chinese manufacturers, influenced by economic reasons.
To complicate matters further, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce filed a complaint in the same week as the EC launched its investigation with the World Trade Organization claiming European Union member states “illegally” subsidise domestic PV manufacturers.