EU says reaches deal with China to resolve solar dispute

Published July 27, 2013

| Reuters

The European Commission said on Saturday it had agreed a deal with Beijing to resolve a dispute over alleged Chinese dumping of solar panels in Europe, agreeing a minimum price for China's imports.

The deal to resolve the biggest trade dispute between China and the European Union will avoid punitive tariffs from August on Chinese solar imports into Europe that were worth 21 billion euros ($27 billion) last year.

"We found an amicable solution," EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said in a statement.

"I am satisfied with the offer of a price undertaking submitted by China's solar panel exporters," he said, referring to an agreement for a minimum price for China's imports.

Chinese solar panel production quadrupled between 2009 and 2011 to more than the entire global demand, and the Commission accused China of dumping its solar panels at below the cost of production in Europe.

The Commission, the EU executive, imposed low tariffs in June, which were due to jump to punitive levels on August 6, but six weeks of talks appear to have resolved the row.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Martin Santa and Mike Collett-White)

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