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Case AS594 - Solar panels (Crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components)

  • Type: Initial Investigation, Article 10
  • Countries investigated: People's Republic of China

Timeframe and key steps

Initiation stage Provisional stage Definitive stage
Date of initiation Return questionnaire replies 1 Provisional Measures (PM) 2 Return comments on disclosure/PM 3 Return comments on final disclosure 4 Definitive Measures 5
08 November 2012 18 December 2012 08 August 2013 Not applicable 27 September 2013 05 December 2013

Contacts

Case handling team
SME-helpdesk
Hearing Officer

Publications in the Official Journal

  1. After publication of the Notice of Initiation (see pdf.) importers/exporters, Community industry, users/consumers can register as interested parties following which they receive questionnaires. Questionnaire responses/comments or requests for hearings need to be submitted within this deadline to the Commission services. Only interested parties have access to the non-confidential file of the case.
  2. Latest date for entry into force of provisional measures (9 months from initiation). If imposed, these measures have a maximum duration of 6 months in the case of an antidumping investigation and 4 months in the case of an antisubsidy investigation. Interested parties can submit comments on PM. Interested parties who have co-operated in the proceedings can submit comments to the disclosure letter following its transmission to them.
  3. Latest date for interested parties to submit comments on PM or disclosure letter.
  4. Latest date for parties which have co-operated in the proceedings to submit comments on the final disclosure letter following its transmission to them.
  5. Latest date to publish the imposition of definitive measures or the termination of the proceedings in the Official Journal of the European Union in the case of initial investigations. Measures will normally be imposed for a period of five years with the possibility to request a review of the measures at the earliest one year after imposition. In the case of other types of investigations (e.g. reviews), this is an indicative date for the conclusion of the investigation.
  6. The hearing officer acts as an interface between the interested parties and the Commission investigation services. The hearing officer may, upon request by any interested party organise a hearing and mediate to ensure the full exercise of the interested parties' rights of defence. The hearing officer also reviews requests for access to the file, disputes on the confidentiality of documents, requests for extension of time limits and requests of third persons to be heard. For more information go to the hearing officer's web site accessible through this link.