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EU Commissioner Karel De Gucht on …
… the EU and emerging powers
‘How we collectively react to the tectonic shifts we are seeing in the global economy will determine the economic future of the European Union. Our reaction is very important. But the course we need to choose is also very clear. Because there is so much more to be gained than to be lost from deepened economic relationships between the European Union and the new emerging powers – especially Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa. That is the only logical route we can take. ’
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List of speeches by Commissioner De Gucht
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Commission reports on its successes in defending EU exports
The European Commission submitted to the European Parliament its 10th annual report on trade defence actions taken by non-EU countries against EU exports. In 2012 there were 138 cases against European exports, eight less than the year before but still 15 more than in 2010. The report shows that the Commission successfully defends European firms. The WTO ruling on Chinese X-ray scanners is one of the most significant cases in this regard. Its systemic nature will ensure a direct impact on other cases.
10th annual report
Annexes to the report
Guide for exporters
Launch of anti-subsidy investigation on solar glass from China
On 27 April the European Commission launched an anti-subsidy investigation on imports of solar glass from China. The association EU ProSun Glass lodged a complaint claiming that solar glass from China is being subsidised in China and then sold in the EU at prices below market value. The complainant brought sufficient elements justifying the need for an initiation. The process could take up to 13 months but, under trade defence rules, the EU could impose provisional anti-subsidy duties within nine months if it considers these necessary. Throughout the investigation, all interested parties have a right to make their views and arguments heard by sending in comments to the Commission and/or taking part in hearings. The Commission takes account of the comments received and addresses these in the remainder of the investigation.
EU trade defence policy
On the on-going anti-dumping investigation on imports of solar glass from China
Survey to evaluate the communication activities of the European Commission Directorate General for Trade (EC DG Trade)
The European Commission is currently evaluating its communication activities on trade policies, and we would like to invite you to take part in a survey carried out by an external evaluator. The objective of this survey is to gather your views on the current communication activities as well as on the communication channels you would find most useful for such communication in the future. This on-line survey is an important part of the EC DG Trade evaluation and we would be grateful if you could spare approximately 10 minutes to complete it by 7 June 2013 at the latest.