The European Commission has initiated an anti-subsidy investigation into Chinese imports of solar glass, after receiving complaints from EU ProSun Glass.
According to the association, which is composed by more than 20 European companies producing solar panels and their key components, solar glass from China is being subsidised in the Asian country and then sold in the EU at prices below market value.
Consequently, this is causing material injury to the EU solar glass industry, ProSun Glass said. In addition, they added that producers of solar glass have benefited from a number of subsidies granted by the Government of China.
Besides, the Commission has found a possible link between the subsidised imports and the injury suffered by the Union industry.
Back in September 2012, the Commission launched an investigation into the imports of solar panels from China. However, solar glass is a different product, commonly used for the production of solar panels and other solar energy goods.
The Commission will now send questionnaires to interested parties, including exporting producers, Union producers, importers and associations, asking for information on exports, production and sales of solar glass.
Then, the European body will verify this data and carry out the so-called "Union interest test", which will study possible impacts to the EU economy if measures are imposed.
In nine months, the Commission will present its provisional findings and before 26 May 2014, the European Council will be obliged to take the final decision.