Danmark

9. oktober 2009

European Countries Split on Shoe-Tariff Extension


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125500350907673117.html?mod=djemITPE

BRUSSELS — European Union governments are divided over a plan to extend antidumping tariffs on Chinese and Vietnamese shoe imports, in a standoff that gives insight into how companies’ global supply chains have restrained protectionism in the global economic downturn.

The 27-nation bloc agreed to impose tariffs on shoes from the two countries in 2006 under pressure from a coalition of shoe manufacturers and governments, led by Italy. Now, as a decision looms on whether to extend the duties, opposition from governments and manufacturers in other European countries has grown, and so have prospects for a showdown.

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Det er fortryllende at man i EU virkningløst bekæmper den internationale konkurrence med importafgifter, som det er sket de seneste tre år, når det drejer sig om billige sko. Når nu der er uenighed blandt de 27 medlemslande om en eventuel udvidelse af denne importafgift på varer fra lavlønsområderne, er det særligt i øjnefaldende for de demokratisk indstillede, at vi altså ikke skal kunne efterspore denne uenighed nærmere.