Solar Trade Measures Impact on EU Employment and Growth

By: Kristina Thoring, Senior Political Communications Advisor

Euractiv is hosting a timely workshop on the EU-China solar trade measures and its impact on European employment and growth. 

The solar trade case dates back to 2013, when the European Union imposed trade defence measures on solar panels and cells from China. These trade measures are set to expire in September 2018. But, this is not a given, as the European Commission will have the final say on whether to maintain or remove the measures.

There is mounting evidence against the EU solar trade measures. A recent EY study assessing the socio-economic contribution of solar to jobs and value added in Europe found that removing the measures would stimulate demand and therefore lead to a significant surge in jobs. According to EY's findings over 45,500 additional jobs could be created 2019, this is a 50% increase from today's EU solar jobs figure.

A recent European Commission study by DG Justice and Consumers assessed the current regulatory regime impacting solar self-consumers in Europe, and concluded that the EU solar trade measures should be removed to increase self-consumption. The model used by DG Justice and Consumers found that lifting the measures will drive an increase in uptake of rooftop solar in most EU countries by approximately 20-30% in comparison to the baseline scenario.

The EU recognise the fundamental role consumers play in realising the full potential of the European energy market, as stated in the EC Communication on "Clean Energy for All Europeans" published in November 2016. Moreover, according to the European Consumer Organisation - BEUC, at least 15 million European households are willing to actively support the transition towards renewables. This is in line with DG Justice and Consumers Study's recommendation to remove the trade measures on solar panels to encourage their uptake by EU consumers.

The workshop will raise the burning question, solar trade measures: who are they benefitting?

Questions will include:

  • How can removing the anti-dumping measures on solar panels incentivise the uptake of solar PV in Europe?
  • What role do consumers play in the European energy market? How do trade barriers impact European consumers? 
  • How do the trade measures impact Member States ability to reach EU climate goals? 

MODERATOR is Frederic Simon, Energy & Environment Editor, EURACTIV

This is an invitation only event and if you would like to attend please contact Kristina Thoring on


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