France Going Ahead with WTO-Violating Discrimination

Craig Morris reports that France has gone ahead with the plan adding a bonus of 10 percent to small-scale solar feed-in tariffs if the solar panels used are sourced in the EU.

This is of course clearly illegal under GATT, as was just recently confirmed in the case Japan and the EU brought against Canada.

It is sad to see such blatant disregard for the trade rules from a major industrialized country. And considering the small volume of the French market and the small amount (only 10 percent) of the illegal bonus, this will be without any major influence on the competition on the solar panel market.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

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