EU anti-dumping plans do not allay public concerns over import of cheap Chinese steel, warn Labour MEPs

The European Commission’s new anti-dumping plans, announced today, are not strong enough and do not address public concerns over the import of cheap Chinese steel, Labour MEPs have warned.

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, member of the European Parliament international trade committee, said:

“Today, British steelworkers were in Brussels calling for EU action to ensure a level playing field for Europe’s steel sector, only for the Commission to come up with plans that will not deliver the change we need.

“Today was an opportunity for the Commission to put pressure on Europe’s trade ministers, who meet on Friday, to agree to stronger trade defence instruments, yet we risk seeing even these limited measures not being agreed.

“Unfair competition from cheap Chinese imports is damaging our steel industry – the EU and Europe’s governments must act, and act now.”

David Martin MEP, Socialists and Democrats Group spokesperson on international trade, added:

“Today’s proposal will not stem the tide of unfair Chinese imports – Europe’s industries need anti-dumping measures which properly reflect the levels of state interference and subsidies in the Chinese economy.

“The EU must avoid granting China market-economy status at all costs, because this would mean accepting unfair competition for our workers.

“Unless the EU listens to working people and acts to defend their jobs, livelihoods and communities, we face the very real prospect of a succession of European Trumps winning elections and wielding power.”