Berlin tells EU it opposes solar anti-dumping action vs China: government source
Reuters) - Germany's economy ministry has officially told the European Commission it does not back the imposition of punitive import duties on solar panels from China, a government source told Reuters on Monday.
The Commission, the EU's executive arm, accuses China of pricing its solar panels too cheaply and "dumping" them in Europe to corner the market and plans to impose duties, but Germany has distanced itself from the initiative.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during talks in Berlin on Sunday that Germany, China's biggest trade partner in Europe, would do everything it could to prevent the trade dispute escalating.
You must difference between temporarily duties on the 5 June. This will come - the EU said this clear, because the solar-manufacterer in the EU needs this urgent. The meaning from the national states has no impact on this. The statement on the 5 June is the start of negotiations with the Chinese. Yingli Green Energy as the spokes-company has already agreed to higher selling prices and lower export volume to the EU-Zone.
Chancellor Merkel wants to prevent permanent (!) duties in December. This duties needs the O.K. from the nationale states. We will see what results the negotiations in the upcoming have.