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Debate on Chinese solar panel imports

MEPs have questioned the European Commission over the impact on EU manufacturers of cheap imports from China of solar panels.

On 22 November 2012, Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn confirmed that complaints of "abnormally cheap" imports had been received at the end of July, leading to an anti-dumping investigation.

Dumping refers to imported products being sold at an excessively cheap level, undercutting domestic producers.

There have been complaints that Chinese firms have been selling solar panels in Europe at up to 80% below their actual cost.

The Chinese government denies any wrongdoing, and has accused European governments of giving their solar panel makers unfair subsidies.

In 2011, China accounted for 65% of world solar panel output, worth about €21bn.

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Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.


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