Answer – Threat from Belarus to the EU steel sector – E-000567/2016

1. 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. Any changes to the treatment of China in anti-dumping investigations would require an amendment of the basic anti-dumping Regulation through ordinary legislative procedure involving the European Parliament and the Council All options are being examined in the framework of the in-depth impact assessment. A public consultation was launched on 10 February 2016.

2. Regarding Belarus, as always, the Commission will open an investigation when it has sufficient prima facie evidence that dumping or subsidisation takes place and the Union industry is suffering material injury, caused by the dumped or subsidised imports. Such evidence has to be brought forward by the affected industry, which may likewise invoke the ‘threat of injury’.

3. Pursuant to the basic anti-dumping regulation, the Commission has to decide on the adequacy of a complaint and whether or not it will investigate it, at the latest within 45 days from the date of lodging of the complaint. As regards a quicker imposition of anti-dumping measures, the Commission always tries to assess each case in the most expedite way; however, time is needed to ensure that any action taken is in line with the EC law and the relevant WTO Agreements.

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