Trade defence
12 July 2017


On 3 May 2017, EU ambassadors approved the Council's position on a new anti-dumping methodology regarding basic anti-dumping regulation and asked the Maltese presidency to open negotiations with the European Parliament. On 20 June the EP International Trade Committee adopted the report prepared by rapporteur MEP Salvatore Cicu on the Commission proposal for a new anti-dumping methodology. The INTA report was adopted with a large majority of 33 votes in favour, 3 abstentions and 2 against. The file has now reached the stage of trialogue negotiations between the Council, Commission and the Parliament.


Cerame-Unie, a member of AEGIS Europe believes that a meaningful three-step process should appear in the basic anti-dumping regulation:

  1. Clear definition as to what counts as ‘significant distortions’ in a country or sector;
  2. Formalisation of the process for identifying one or more of these distortions and additional support to EU SME sectors in this regard;
  3. Use of a methodology after distortions are found which directly makes use of third country costs, except when exporting producers can prove no distortion.