EU Ministers Fail To Agree on Shipbuilding Aid

Monday, December 17, 2001
The main item discussed at the European Council meeting of European industry ministers on December 5 was shipbuilding. In May 2001 the Commission presented to the Industry Council the fourth report on the situation of world shipbuilding. Once more, the conclusions pointed to anti-competitive practices by South Korean shipyards: i.e. debt forgiveness, debt moratoria, advantageous refund credits, fresh credits and guarantees, allowing them to offer ships at below-cost prices.

Efforts to address these unfair practices through bi-lateral talks with South Korean authorities failed and the Commission adopted a two-pronged strategy to improve the situation: a request for dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization and a Temporary Defensive Mechanism for the EU shipbuilding industry.

The Commission has insisted that both elements of the proposed strategy would have to be implemented in combination. In the Council, however, there has been unanimous support for the first element but not for the second. Indeed, on the issue of EU shipbuilding aids, the Member States have been divided into two blocks: the Scandinavian countries, the UK and the Netherlands, who continued to be firmly against the granting of any aid, and the Southern countries (Greece, Spain and Italy) and Germany, who were in favour, with France, being rather indecisive, in the middle.

The Temporary Defensive Mechanism would allow aid to those market segments in which the Commission investigation found that EU industry has been considerably harmed by unfair Korean trade practices, namely container ships and product and chemical tankers. The Commission has emphasized, however, that the new mechanism must not result in distortion of competition within the European Union.

After a series of bilateral meetings, the Belgian Presidency decided not to proceed to a vote but to pass on the issue to the Spanish Presidency. The main problem remains, however, that the Council as a whole feels itis now up to the Commission to launch a complaint against South Korea at the WTO without waiting for new aid regimes to be implemented in Europe. So far, the Commission has declined to separate the two. Source: INTERTANKO

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