Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Business

EU climate chief says ‘no official decision’ on China wind subsidies probe

The EU climate chief said that “no official decision” had been taken on whether to investigate China’s subsidies for its wind power industry.

Solar and wind power are driving a surge in renewable energy capacity
Solar and wind power are driving a surge in renewable energy capacity - Copyright AFP/File Ina FASSBENDER
Solar and wind power are driving a surge in renewable energy capacity - Copyright AFP/File Ina FASSBENDER

The European Union’s climate chief said Thursday that “no official decision” had been taken on whether to investigate China’s subsidies for its wind power industry, following talks with her counterparts in Beijing.

The EU this month launched an enquiry into China’s suspected unfair use of subsidies to support the country’s electric-car manufacturers — a move that has been strongly criticised by Beijing.

The bloc is reportedly also considering a similar but separate probe into Chinese producers of wind turbine components, following complaints that state subsidies allow them to offer cheap imports which undercut European competitors.

But European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson told a press briefing on Thursday that she had informed Chinese officials “there is no official decision that we should open any investigation in the wind sector right now”.

European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson said 'no official decision' had been taken on whether to investigate China's subsidies for its wind power industry

European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson said ‘no official decision’ had been taken on whether to investigate China’s subsidies for its wind power industry – Copyright AFP Pedro PARDO

“From the EU perspective, we will keep our market open. We do believe that just and fair competition will benefit all our consumers and will bring us the most efficient solutions,” Simson said.

“If there are cases of unfair competition or providing subsidies or dumping, then we will have to launch an investigation. But all the decisions will be made based on facts,” she added.

Simson said she had held talks with Zhang Jianhua, chairman of China’s National Energy Administration, as part of a three-day trip to Beijing that ends on Friday.

She is part of a flurry of visits to the country by EU officials, with the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell arriving in Shanghai on Thursday for an expected three-day trip.

Borrell is likely to discuss the EU’s “de-risking” strategy with China — its largest trade partner — and prepare the ground for a planned summit this year.

AFP
Written By

With 2,400 staff representing 100 different nationalities, AFP covers the world as a leading global news agency. AFP provides fast, comprehensive and verified coverage of the issues affecting our daily lives.

You may also like:

World

US presidential hopeful Jill Stein described the assassination attempt of Donald Trump as 'tragic' and a symptom of a 'troubled system' in America -...

Tech & Science

AI and election interference: As we approach election season, we can expect more and more of this.

World

A police bomb squad car was seen driving towards the home of Thomas Matthew Crooks, the suspected shooter of former US president Donald Trump,...

Life

Catherine, Princess of Wales, attended the Wimbledon Men's final in London on Sunday as she continues her cancer recovery.