Approx. 400 companies from all 28 European member states along with some of the EU’s most relevant climate NGOs have sent a letter to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, calling for an end to import duties and minimum import price on solar modules and cells from China.
Here is an excerpt from the company letter: “The measures have had unforeseen consequences on our companies, leading to job losses and reduced opportunity in the solar market due to increased costs. With module prices at an artificially high level, all our companies suffer from the dual impact of higher prices and the impact these prices have on demand. The European Commission and Member States need to end the measures now to accelerate the date by which this industry can grow sustainably without the need for support mechanisms. (…) To return sustainable growth to our sector, to see jobs come back to our companies and to see the value of solar grow in Europe again, the trade measures must go.”
Here is an excerpt from the NGO letter: “Removing the measures would help more Europeans to become active energy citizens or ‘prosumers’ – an objective that all members of the College of Commissioners should support.(…) “It is vital that there be consistency between the EU’s climate policy and trade policy. We therefore urge you, Commissioner Malmström, to end the trade measures on imported solar panels immediately through the expiry review. This is the type of act that will show the world that Europe is serious about tackling climate change and wants to be the world’s number one in renewable energy.”
You can read the complete companey letter here.
The NGO’s letter can be downloaded here.