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EU strengthens its trade defenses against abusively imported products


Through its Secretary General Marielle de Sarnez, the European Democratic Party welcomes the massive vote in today's plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to strengthen the European instruments against dumping and subsidies prohibited by the WTO. Marielle de Sarnez, spokesman of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA), said:

"The modernization issue of our trade defence instruments is a very political one. Our industry is subject to a totally unfair competition and the EU must have effective trade defence instruments for our companies, really dissuasive to those who abuse the free trade by subsidizing their production or export.

I do not see why, in the name of which dogma, Europe should be open to dumping. We cannot afford in today's world to be naive and to less defend our interests than others do, such as the United States. We must have a real business strategy, protecting our producers from unfair practices.

From this point of view the case of Chinese solar panels is emblematic. After months of dithering, the Commission has imposed third-rate anti-dumping taxes, before finally giving it up, to the detriment of our industry while the EIB indirectly finance Chinese solar panels! It was therefore important not only to reform, but also to strengthen our trade defence instruments so that abuses are punished more quickly and significantly and not symbolic."