After accepting a complaint from EU ProSun, the European Commission will decide within 45 days whether to accept it and publish a notice in the EU's Official Journal opening an investigation. The maximum time limit is 15 months from initiation for an anti-dumping investigation, and 13 months for an anti-subsidy investigation. Once imposed EU tariffs are normally applicable for 5 years, but may be renewed and last much longer.
More details on further steps of the investigation will be published here.
25 July 2012: EU ProSun filed an anti-dumping complaint with the European Commission
6 September 2012: Official initiation of the anti-dumping investigation by the European Commission (Notice of Initiation)
25 September 2012: EU ProSun filed an anti-subsidy complaint with the European Commission
8 November 2012: Official initiation of the anti-subsidy investigation by the European Commission (Notice of Initiation)
5 March 2013: Publication of the regulation making imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells and wafers) originating in or consigned from the People’s Republic of China subject to registration (Full text of the Regulation)
See the DG TRADE flowchart on anti-dumping investigation procedure.
See the DG TRADE flowchart on anti-subsidy investigation procedure.