Answer – Market economy status for the People's Republic of China – E-000954/2016
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 expire on 11 December 2016.
All options are on the table and are being duly assessed in the framework of the in-depth impact assessment the Commission has decided to conduct and that includes a public consultation. The public consultation was launched on 10 February 2016. This in-depth examination will include an analysis per sector and per Member State, covering all aspects of this issue, in particular the potential impact on jobs.
Concerning the possible way forward, the Commission is analysing three basic options: not to change the EU legislation; to remove China from the list of non-market economy countries without further conditions; to remove China from this list while at the same time introducing mitigating measures.
Any change to the dumping methodology would require an amendment of the basic anti-dumping Regulation (Regulation No 1225/2009), through ordinary legislative procedure involving the European Parliament and the Council.