Granting MES to China would Endanger the Future of EU Ceramic Industry
AEGIS Europe stated that the European Commissioners should not grant Market Economy Status (MES) to China, thereby considering distorted Chinese prices and costs in anti-dumping investigations. Alain Delcourt, President of Cerame-Unie stated: “The European Union needs a strong trade defence system. Trade defence instruments would be weakened by granting MES to China and would make EU manufacturing vulnerable to China’s structural overcapacity. The Chinese production capacity is around 14 times the size of the EU consumption and production, and the overcapacity is 4 times the size of the EU consumption. “Granting MES to China would endanger fair competition and the future of EU manufacturing industry. Just in the ceramic industry it would cause 100 000 direct jobs to be lost in the ceramic tiles and tableware sectors. As one job in the ceramic industry generates 2–3 indirect jobs, there is estimate that additional 200 000 – 300 000 indirect jobs would also be affected.