Answer – Impact on jobs in Europe of granting China market economy status – E-004233/2016
The Commission continues its assessment of the consequences of the expiry of certain provisions in the Protocol on Accession of China to the World Trade Organisation on 11 December 2016. The Commission has been carrying out studies to assess the economic impacts of changing the anti-dumping methodology for imports from China. This examination will include an analysis per Member State, in particular the potential impact on jobs in the EU. In addition, a public consultation was launched between 10 February 2016 and 20 April 2016 and a stakeholders’ meeting was organised on 17 March 2016 and on 15 April 2016 with social partners organisations. The Commission therefore will be able to take an informed decision on the way forward based on the impact assessment which entails broad consultation with the stakeholders. To date, no decision has been taken and the Commission will not take position before the ongoing impact assessment will be finalised. The impact assessment is prepared in line with Better Regulation Guidelines(1), with involvement of all relevant Commission services, including Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion through an interservice-group chaired by the Secretariat General. All services contribute to the best of their knowledge to the drafting of the impact assessment, which, once finalised, represents the Commission assessment of policy options.