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EU executive could announce Chinese electric vehicle requirement only after elections – POLITICO

The bloc’s trade arm has investigated alleged Chinese subsidies to its electric vehicle makers and is set to announce taxes to offset the effects on European manufacturers. The timetable for the investigation, announced by von der Leyen last fall, is however limited by a number of legal restrictions and deadlines.

Several trade lawyers POLITICO spoke with doubted it would be possible to delay the announcement beyond June 6, because anti-subsidy investigation rules specify that companies must be notified four weeks before the first round of rights which are expected to take effect on July 4. .

“I don’t know of any case that hasn’t respected the four weeks. But this is obviously not a normal case,” said a Brussels-based commercial lawyer.

A three-week buffer period is also mentioned in the law, which could provide the Commission with a legal means to delay this highly sensitive announcement until after the European elections. The lawyers also explained that failure to meet either deadline would likely not result in the court voiding the bonds themselves.

China has expressed strong dissatisfaction with the investigation into its thriving electric vehicle industry, whose sales in the EU reached 10 billion euros last year. It has already launched an anti-dumping investigation into European spirits – a move clearly aimed at French cognacs – and state media are speculating it could next retaliate against European luxury cars and pork .

Camille Gijs, Antonia Zimmermann and Laura Hülsemann contributed to the report.

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