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02 / 08 / 13
European Commission adopts price undertaking in EU-China solar panels case
The Commission today endorsed the amicable solution found in the EU-China solar panels case announced by Commissioner Karel De Gucht last weekend ( MEMO/13/729). During the process leading to today's decision the Commission has received almost unanimous support from the Member States. The Commission adopted a decision to accept the undertaking offered by Chinese exporting producers of solar panels, as well as a regulation exempting these participating companies from the payment of provisional anti-dumping duties. Both legal acts will be published in the Official Journal tomorrow and enter into force on 6 August. As a consequence, those Chinese companies participating in the price undertaking will be exempted from paying any anti-dumping duties as of 6 August, whereas those companies not participating will pay the increased anti-dumping duties that have been announced on 5 June 2013 ( IP/13/501).
Commission consults on review of the Groundwater Directive
The European Commission has launched a consultation to gather views for the first review of the Annexes I and II of the Groundwater Directive . The annexes contain Europe-wide environmental quality standards for pollutants, a minimum list of pollutants and indicators for which Member States should consider establishing threshold values, guidelines for the establishment of threshold values, and information to be provided by Member States on those pollutants and indicators. The consultation asks whether any new substances should be added to the Annexes. The Directive requires the Commission to review Annexes I and II of the Directive every six years and come forward with legislative proposals, if appropriate. The Consultation is open until 22 October 2013. The Groundwater Directive (2006/118/EC) sets groundwater quality standards and introduces measures to prevent or limit inputs of nitrates and pesticides into groundwater. The directive establishes quality criteria that take into account local characteristics and allows for further improvements to be made based on monitoring data and new scientific knowledge. The directive thus represents a proportionate and scientifically sound response to the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) as it relates to assessments on chemical status of groundwater and the identification and reversal of significant and sustained upward trends in pollutant concentrations. Member States will have to establish the standards for limiting pollutants at the most appropriate level and take into account local or regional conditions.
In June 2013, compared with May 2013, the industrial producer price index remained stable in both the euro area (EA17) and the EU27, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May prices fell by 0.3% in both zones. In June 2013 compared with June 2012, industrial producer prices rose by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU27.