The EU executive has begun negotiations with national governments and MEPs in July on new rules to calculate import duties and curb unfair trading practices, especially from China.
“We won’t go down in history as the ones who opened our market to China while completely disregarding the possibly drastic consequences for European manufacturing and industry,” said Gianni Pittella, chairman of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament.
Burden of proof
The S&D group is committed to reject any possible rush from the European Commission to grant China MES. “For the time being, the conditions to finalise the trilogue agreement have not been met,” Pittella insisted.
The Commission has prepared a 400-page report containing research on production distortions in China covering four sectors: steel, aluminium, ceramics, and chemical products. That is supposed to replace the non-market economy methods applied to China up to now, shifting the burden of proof to the EU.