MOFCOM Spokesman Comments on the European Parliament’s Pass of the Amendments to the New Anti-dumping Investigation Methodology




On November 15, the European Parliament passed the EU amendments to the new anti-dumping investigation methodology, introducing the concept and standard of “significant market distortions” and taking the impact of environmental and social dumping into account. MOFCOM spokesman made a statement on this.


The spokesman pointed out that China paid close attention to the progress of the EU’s amending of the new anti-dumping investigation methodology and expressed China’s concern about the EU. We require that the EU should strictly fulfill its obligations under the 15th article of the Protocol on China's accession to the WTO. We notice that the amendments to the anti-dumping laws passed by the European Parliament have abolished the non-market economies (NMEs) list while introducing the concept and standard of “significant market distortions”. When confirming the situation of “significant market distortions”, the EU can abandon the exporters’ prices and determine the existence of dumping based on the prices of a third country or international prices.


The spokesman stressed that the WTO rules do not include the concept of “significant market distortions” and the rule of social and environmental dumping. The EU’s new anti-dumping investigation methodology cannot be backed up by the WTO rules and it adds uncertainties to the law application. This will seriously damage the WTO’s anti-dumping legal system and has been doubted by several WTO members including China. As an important member of the WTO, the EU should respect the international rules, and only when the authority of multilateral trade system is safeguarded, it can be beneficial to the common interests of all countries. China urges the EU to strictly stick to the WTO rules, and comprehensively fulfill the international treaties and obligations with goodwill. China reserves its relevant rights under the WTO disputes settlement system, and will protect the legitimate interests of the Chinese enterprises with necessary methods.


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