Tuesday, December 12, 2023

After the electric car, protectionist measures against Chinese solar panels are now being called for

In the last few weeks we have seen how timid they are Trade war drums between the European Union and China. A conflict that has to do with the Asian giant’s allegedly illegal aid to its manufacturers electric cars who want to conquer Europe. Now this one Solar module manufacturer They also call for protectionist measures against the possible use of forced labor in the production of photovoltaic modules in China.

This was officially announced by the European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC), which has called on the EU to take action against the production of photovoltaic modules the Xinjiang region.

An autonomous region in northwest China that recently hit the front page in a UN report in which the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights noted China’s commitment. serious human rights violations» against the Uyghurs and «other predominantly Muslim communities» in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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According to ESMC, Europe needs to adopt clear and strict laws as quickly as possible ban the sale of products made using forced labor. The association also encouraged all its members to cut ties with suppliers in the Xinjiang region.

«Pending legislation, the EU must act urgently to prevent products made with forced labor from entering the European market«.

In addition, further measures are required, such as the creation of a database for high-risk areas and products, the implementation of a reversal of the burden of proof and the introduction of due diligence obligations.

A new move aimed both at stopping the unstoppable growth of exports from China, which threatens to collapse both the European automotive industry, and at reducing dependence on sectors such as batteries or solar panels.

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