EU Beefs Up Duties, Trade Defense Measures

Law360, New York (April 11, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT) -- The European Commission proposed a number of major changes to the European Union's trade defense system Wednesday, including the ability to launch dumping and subsidy investigations without a private sector request.

The so-called ex officio investigations would help shield European companies from possible retaliation by foreign countries after anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties are imposed, the commission said. Currently, private industries must publicly petition the government to start a probe.

The proposed legislative changes would also allow the commission to impose tougher countervailing duties by breaking...
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