Extracts from the press Conference by Karel De Gucht on the proposal from the EC to modernize its trade defense instruments

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-077387   Duration: 10:02:51  Lieu:
End production: 10/04/2013   First transmission: 10/04/2013
On 10 April 2013, Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, gave a press conference on the proposal that aims at adapting the EU's rulebook to tackle unfair competition from dumped and subsidised imports to the contemporary challenges facing the EU's economy.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of the conference room 00:00:04
10:00:09 Soundbite by Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade (in ENGLISH): International trade has developed significantly since there was a last revision in 1995 not just in terms of volume but also in terms of our interdependence, trade flows, supply change that are more and more worldwide, new global players so such a review is long overdue. There has been an attempt under the previous college to have a completely new set of rules but that's not my ambition, what I'm trying to do is to have some modifications to better reflect the economic situation, that has dramatically changed. 00:00:46
10:00:56 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:05
10:01:01 Soundbite by Karel De Gucht (in ENGLISH): With these developments that I just mentioned, new and more acute issues with our trade defence instruments need to be addressed, we will have to do it in more effective and in a fairer, transparent way. For example you have seen distortions on raw materials which are of the outmost importance for our industry; if we have no free access to raw materials anymore, and then there will be a real problem. That is way for example in that case we have made an exception to the so called lesser duty rules and we are able to move to the highest duty rule that is applicable because this is such a strategic point for the European industry. 00:00:49
10:01:51 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:05
10:01:56 Soundbite by Karel De Gucht (in ENGLISH): We have tried to be pragmatic and balanced. My aim is that all stakeholders see their benefit from the European producers with the shorter procedure that we are aiming at and we have tried to be fair to everybody. For example take businesses that rely on imports, they will now get to know about any provision and dumping or anti subsidy measures 2 weeks in advance, at the same moment as governments are informed and that is creating a level playing field between European companies themselves because now you quite often get to a situation where some know and other don't so we have to re-equilibrate that to a certain extend at least. 00:00:54
10:02:51 General view of the conference room 00:00:06
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