Most EU states oppose Chinese solar panel duties: Diplomats
BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - A majority of European Union (EU) governments oppose the European Commission's plans to levy prohibitive duties on solar panel imports from China, a survey of member states by Reuters showed on Monday, weakening Brussels' efforts to pressure Beijing.
The European Commission is set to impose duties averaging 47 per cent in place from June 6, but the sanctions are provisional and EU trade chief Karel De Gucht is seeking a negotiated solution with the Chinese government.
The EU's 27 countries had until Friday to submit a written response to chief De Gucht's plans to go ahead with the duties, in a non-binding vote that nonetheless has a strong bearing on the Commission's room for manoeuvre.
Fearful of losing business in China, Germany, Britain and the Netherlands are among a group of at least 14 member states who oppose the measures, diplomats told Reuters during a survey of countries' positions.