Main positions

Access to Raw Materials

Position paper attached.

Trade must be fair. Only if and when all parties play by the rules (level playing field) can trade become free. In the absence of such a level playing field, free trade is not sustainable.

MES China - New Anti-Dumping Methodology (NADM)

EUROALLIAGES recognises that part of the China Accession Protocol to WTO did expire since December 2016. However, the expiry of some provisions did not entail the automatic obligation to grant Market Economy Status (MES) to China, as also declared by Trade Commissioner Malmström in December 2014 (see the attached article).

Since then, the negotiations between EU Institutions on the MES China/NADM dossier have continued, and on 3 October 2017, the Council and the Parliament agreed on a compromise to modify the Basic AD Regulation, that introduces a new non-standard Anti-Dumping Methodology which will be applicable to any WTO member in case of significant market distortions. EUROALLIAGES is happy with the commitment of the three EU institutions – and in particular the Commission - to ensure that the new EU trade defence regime is used to effectively combat the ever-growing dumping of products onto the EU market. However, the new text gives a wide range of discretion to the investigating authority: hence the need to monitor how these rules will be effectively applied and enforced.

EUROALLIAGES holds the chair of industry alliance AEGIS Europe, which brings together nearly 30 European associations representing a broad variety of industries including traditional industries, consumer branches, SMEs and renewable energy sectors, accounting for more than €500 billion in annual turnover and millions of jobs across the EU. This industry alliance, made up of leaders in sustainable manufacturing and social and environmental responsibility, is committed to European manufacturing as the fundamental driver of innovation, growth and jobs in Europe.

For more information on AEGIS Europe action and views, check the website: www.aegiseurope.eu