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Modernisation of the European Union Trade Defence System - Reform De Jure and De Facto

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There have been several high profile European Union (EU) trade defence investigations and court decisions in recent years.

Article first published in Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law (AJCCL) 2013

Introduction

There have been several high profile European Union (EU) trade defence investigations and court decisions in recent years, including those concerning footwear, stainless steel fasteners, wireless modems and solar panels from China. These cases received high political attention and have led to increasing questions about the effectiveness, transparency and fairness of the EU trade defence instruments. In April 2013, the EU Commission proposed a modernisation of the current system, which may or may not be effective in addressing the issues raised.

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