Feb 8 (Renewables Now) - The European Commission (EC) is proposing an extension of 18 months, instead of 24 in an earlier plan, of the punitive tariffs on imports of solar panels coming from China, Reuters reports.
Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said today, as cited by the news agency, European manufacturers can prepare for the changes on the market once the duties are gone during the phase-out period.
The EC imposed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy levies on Chinese PV products in December 2013. These would have ended on December 7, 2015 if the watchdog had not initiated expiry reviews. At the end of 2016 it proposed to keep the anti-dumping duties on PV imports from Asia for two more years, but the plan was rejected by EU member states. They, however, agreed to an extension of the smaller anti-subsidy tariffs.
According to the Reuters report, the shorter 18-month extension proposal is for both the anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties. It will be discussed with the 28 member states later this months and a decision is due by March 3.