Answer – Assignment of market economy status to China – E-000700/2016

The Commission continues its assessment on whether, and if so how, the EU should change the treatment of China in anti-dumping investigations after certain provisions of the Protocol on Accession of China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) expire on 11 December 2016.

The Commission is analysing three basic options concerning the way forward: not to change the EU legislation; to remove China from the list of non-market economy countries without further conditions and; to remove China from this list while at the same time introducing mitigating measures.

These three options are being duly assessed in the framework of the impact assessment which has been launched by the Commission and which includes a public consultation, started on 10 February. This examination will include an analysis per sector and per Member State, covering all aspects of this issue, and the potential impact on jobs in particular. The findings of the impact assessment shall help the Commission take a decision on the way forward later this year.

The Commission remains committed to maintaining a strong anti-dumping instrument to protect the European industry from unfair trade.

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