German environment minister Peter Altmaier has offered the government’s support to German solar companies’ efforts to launch antidumping proceedings in the EU against Chinese PV manufacturers.

Only two months in office, in an interview with German TV broadcaster ZDF about the speed at which changes to the energy industry were being implemented, minister Altmaier said it was important to keep energy affordable and save German jobs, whilst ensuring fair competition in the global market. He believed taking antidumping measures, or at the very least high import taxes, would be a way of ensuring this.

No schedule has been offered for implementing changes to its import policy.