Market economy status for China and anti-dumping policy

Between 12 January 2017 and 30 November 2017, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered the Commission's 'Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 on protection against dumped imports from countries not members of the European Union and Regulation (EU) 2016/1037 on protection against subsidised imports from countries not members of the European Union'.

This followed its consideration of the 'Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council: Towards a robust trade policy for the EU in the interests of jobs and growth', including the modernisation of the EU's trade defence instruments, in December 2016.

Over the course of the Committee's consideration of this proposal, a number of questions were raised with the Minister of State for Trade Policy, including:

  • What is the UK's Government position on granting market economy status (MES) to China, and what considerations underpin this assessment?
  • What is the Government's legal assessment of whether the Proposal is compliant with the EU's commitments under the WTO?
  • Whether the EU remains compliant with WTO rules, given the expiry of China's WTO Accession Protocol, and whether a dispute panel has been convened in response to China's request.
  • Whether the UK Government would be able to continue to implement current EU anti-dumping measures after Brexit, and what work it has undertaken to develop a new trade defence regime.

On 2 February 2017, the Committee also took oral evidence from Amanda Brooks, Director (Trade Remedies, Access and Controls),  Trade Policy Group, Department for International Trade, on EU trade policy, including MES for China.

At the meeting on 30 November 2017, the Committee agreed to release the item from scrutiny. It asked the Minister to provide further information on the UK's post-Brexit trade remedies regime, and China's request for a dispute panel to be established. The Government has now responded to the Committee's letter.

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