Answer – Recognition of market economy status for China: current state of play and potential impact – E-013671/2015

The Commission is aware of the study published by the Economic Policy Institute and is aware that treating China as a market economy in anti-dumping cases would have economic and employment impacts.

The Commission has reservations about the methodology used and the assumptions underlying the study by the Economic Policy Institute.

The Commission is looking into the various implications of the expiration in December 2016 of certain provisions of the Protocol of accession of China to the World Trade Organisation relating to the treatment of China in anti-dumping investigations. 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; to remove China from this list while at the same time introducing mitigating measures. The Commission is conducting a full impact assessment, including a public consultation, to duly assess these options. 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.

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

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