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Modernisation of Trade Defence instruments - Guidelines

  • Policy field: Trade Defence
  • Target group: All stakeholders
  • Closing Date: Completed - 31/07/2013

Objective of the consultation

The Commission launched an initiative to modernise the EU's trade defence instruments (TDI's) in October 2011. The aim of the initiative is to improve the instruments for the benefit of all stakeholders concerned without changing the underlying balance between importing and producing interests and without changing the basic principles of the EU's TDI.

A first public consultation on the initiative as a whole was open from April to July 2012, and an impact assessment was carried out in autumn 2012. On that basis and drawing from an independent evaluation study and the Commission services' own experience, shortcomings of the current system and problems encountered by stakeholders were identified, and solutions and options as how to meet the objectives of the current initiative were developed. The best way forward seems a comprehensive approach including legislative and non-legislative changes to the current rules and practice. 

The Communication and legislative proposal were adopted by the Commission on 10 April 2013. The legislative proposal will now follow the ordinary legislative procedure in the Council and Parliament. The Legislative proposal and Communication are available in the "related links" section below.

Draft guidelines on four complex topics of trade defence investigations, i.e. Union interest, injury margin, analogue country and expiry reviews have been developed and are now made available for stakeholders to comment on, in this public consultation.

The public consultation will be open until 31 July 2013. Thereafter, the comments will be analysed by the Commission services and draft guidelines will be revised as appropriate. The final guidelines will be adopted by the Commission in due course.

Full introduction and online questionnaire

Other linguistic versions of guidelines will be available by Tuesday 16.04.2013

Note that this questionnaire must be completed and submitted witin 90 minutes, otherwise the data will be lost. We suggest that you draft your replies separately and then copy/paste them into the respective fields in the questionnaire.

Please be aware that only replies submitted via the questionnaire will be accepted. The replies must not be sent by e-mail or fax.


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Summary of replies of interested parties on Commission draft guidelines