Say Yes to Jobs & Fair Trade, Say No to MES for China March on Brussels
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European industry has already lost millions of manufacturing jobs to China. The question now facing the European Commission is whether to grant China ‘Market Economy Status’ (MES) in 2016. If surrendered, China MES could cost the EU millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of euros in lost growth.
Granting MES to China requires a legislative change in EU law, so the Chinese government argues that process should begin now in order to be ready by December 2016.
We are committed to European manufacturing as the fundamental driver of innovation, environmental sustainability, growth and jobs in Europe. We also support the principle of fair competition through free and fair trade.
We are calling on EU leaders to deny Market Economy Status (MES) to China, as it simply is not yet a market economy. Granting MES to China would eliminate Europe’s ability to stop Chinese dumping. Deprived of targeted EU anti-dumping measures, China would fatally undermine Europe’s industrial base and threaten European jobs. This march will provide a unique opportunity for employers and employees to tell European decision makers to not to grant China Market Economy Status in December 2016.
SAY YES TO JOBS & FAIR TRADE! SAY NO TO MES FOR CHINA!
Is China a market economy? That is the question facing the European Commission which is currently deciding whether to grant China ‘Market Economy Status’ (MES) in 2016. The Commission is examining China’s MES whilst concurrently seeing the disastrous effects of dumping products on the EU market. If surrendered, MES could cost the EU millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of euros in lost GDP because it would remove the ability to take remedial action against the rising flood of dumped products. Ensuring that the EU’s trade partners meet their obligations to free and fair trade is fundamental to fair competition, so EU policy makers must grant MES to China only when its ‘state capitalist’ system becomes a market economy that renounces dumping.