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ANDRIESSEN CLAIMS U.S. HARASSMENT OF NORMAL TRADE FLOW IN STEEL

 ANDRIESSEN CLAIMS U.S. HARASSMENT OF NORMAL TRADE FLOW IN STEEL
 WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The EC Commission issued the following:
 On the news about yesterday's filing by the U.S. steel industry of some 84 antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) procedures against imports from the European Community and other trading partners, Frans Andriessen, EC vice president with responsibility for trade and external affairs, commented that his worst fears had been realized. He could not avoid the feeling that these actions were not a consequence of the judicious use of commercial defense instruments by the main U.S. steel producers, but a clear attempt to harass normal trade flows.
 Andreissen recalled that during the Multilateral Steel Agreement (MSA) negotiations all negotiating parties -- with the exception of the United States -- agreed on the need to find an effective mechanism to prevent harassment through misuse of the antidumping instrument. All supported the EC proposal for a clause foreseeing meaningful consultations prior to the initiation of an antidumping investigation.
 Andriessen said that he will call on the United States to have consultations at high level and without delay in order to discuss the current situation.
 It appears that, in order to deal expeditiously with the great number of cases involved, the concerned U.S. agencies would be considering a simplified treatment of the petitions filed yesterday. The commission fears that such simplification of procedures, in particular a generalized assessment of the injury question, could damage the interest of the defendants. It therefore repeats its previous appeals to the involved U.S. agencies to apply the strictest legal rigor towards these proceedings.
 The commission recalls the Community's commitment towards the liberalization of steel trade through a meaningful MSA and urges the U.S. government to resume talks in order to achieve a credible framework that would effectively prevent situations like the one we confront today.
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 /CONTACT: Ella Krucoff Of the EC Commission, 202-862-9540/ CO: EC Commission ST: District of Columbia IN: MNG SU:


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